Richland County Council Member Charged with Felony DUI after Causing Rear End Auto Accident
Kelvin Washington, an elected member of the Richland County Council, was arrested on Saturday, February 27 for driving under the influence. The charges were made in connection with a Hopkins, South Carolina auto accident. The accident occurred when Councilman Washington rear-ended another car at the corner of Bluff Road and Martin Luther King Boulevard in Hopkins, S.C. The South Carolina Highway Patrol reported that the accident happened around 7:45 P.M.
WIS News reports that Councilman Washington’s vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed when the accident occurred. After Councilman Washington hit the car, witnesses report the victim’s vehicle slammed into a utility pole. The driver of the vehicle was a 22-year-old male, who was taken to the hospital in critical condition. He is currently still in ICU. There was also a passenger in the car. Troopers report the passenger is still in the hospital with minor injuries.
This is also not Councilman Washington’s 1st encounter with the law. He recently just pled guilty in a Richland County Court to three counts of tax fraud. To read more about this story, click here.
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