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Newberry man charged with DUI, speeding 107 mph

Posted: February 4, 2014 5:19 p.m.
Updated: February 5, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Matthew Temples

The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) arrested a 25-year-old Newberry man Friday for allegedly driving under the influence and speeding 107 mph on I-20.

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said deputies arrested Matthew Christopher Temples around 5:15 p.m. Friday and that he has a history of driving under the influence, having been arrested for the offense twice before and for driving under suspension once before. Matthews said Temples also had open alcohol containers in his car when he was stopped.

The sheriff said one of his traffic enforcement deputies saw Temples speeding westbound on I-20 in a blue Hyundai near mile marker 105. The deputy confirmed the 107 mph speed by radar. The deputy stopped Temples and suspected he was intoxicated. The deputy found an open can of beer and half-empty gallon vodka bottle in the car, Matthews said. Temples failed a series of roadside sobriety tests and was placed under arrest for DUI. His blood alcohol level was later determined to be .18 percent, more than twice the .08 legal limit.

Deputies charged Temples with DUI, third offense; driving under suspension, second offense; and having an open container of alcohol in his vehicle. Deputies transported Temples to the Kershaw County Detention Center. Court records show he was released the next day on surety bonds of $30,000 for driving under the influence, $1,275 for driving under suspension and $262.50 for open container. He is also prohibited from driving in South Carolina.

“It seems reasonable to assume that Temples was a serious accident waiting to happen,” Matthews said. “Fortunately a deputy was able to take Temples off the road before he crashed and killed himself or some innocent people. Our DUI laws must be strengthened to keep these repeat offenders off the roads. Maybe one day our legislators will get serious about the DUI problem in South Carolina and enact some tough DUI laws. Until then, South Carolina will continue to be one of the worst states in the nation for DUI fatalities.”


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