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Coroner: Man shot by trooper had blood-alcohol level of .25

Devin Taylor Devin Taylor

The man who was shot and killed by a highway patrol trooper on Saturday had a blood-alcohol level more than three times the legal limit, according to the coroner.

Sumter County Coroner Harvin Bullock, 24-year-old Devin Taylor's blood-alcohol level when he was killed was .25. The legal limit to operate a motor vehicle in the state of South Carolina is .08.

Bullock said Taylor's toxicology came back late Monday afternoon.

Taylor was also driving on a suspended license at the time of the incident, according to records released by the Department of Motor Vehicles Monday afternoon.

Taylor's license was suspended on March 20, 2012 after he pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident with bodily injury. That incident happened on June 11, 2011.

Records also show Taylor's license was suspended twice before. He was convicted of underage drinking in 2007 and of DUI, 1st offense, in March of 2009.

Investigators say Taylor died after he and trooper Brandon Stokes got into a struggle Saturday evening near the intersection of Beckwood Road and U.S. Highway 521.

Taylor, according to investigators, failed a field sobriety test and then resisted arrest. When Stokes wasn't able to use his Taser to subdue Taylor, he shot him twice.

The coroner said Taylor died from bullet wounds to the chest and the stomach.

DPS says Stokes has been with the highway patrol since 2008. He was honored as 2010 Trooper of the Year for Troop 1, which serves Richland Co., Lexington Co., Kershaw Co., Lee Co., Sumter Co., and Clarendon Co.

He has been put on desk duty while SLED investigates.

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