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Judge dismisses DUI charge against State Sen. Paul Campbell

Sen. Paul Campbell was charged with DUI on Nov. 4. (Source: Al Cannon Detention Center) Sen. Paul Campbell was charged with DUI on Nov. 4. (Source: Al Cannon Detention Center)
Paul Campbell appears in court for a hearing on his blood test. (Source: Harve Jacobs/Live 5) Paul Campbell appears in court for a hearing on his blood test. (Source: Harve Jacobs/Live 5)
Andy Savage speaks with a judge during a hearing Wednesday (Source: Live 5) Andy Savage speaks with a judge during a hearing Wednesday (Source: Live 5)
CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) -

State Sen. Paul Campbell said he had confidence in the judicial system and says that system worked.

A judge dismissed a DUI charge against Campbell, who is also the CEO of the Charleston International Airport, Wednesday morning.

"It was only a matter of time before the charges were dropped," Campbell said. "I expected it because I felt like I was innocent the whole time, so I trust the judicial system."

Prosecutors dropped a second charge of providing false information to police against both Campbell and his wife. 

Campbell called the charge bogus.

"That charge simply says you can't misidentify who you are to a police officer. I never did that. He had my drivers license and he knew exactly who I was," Campbell said.

Those charges were connected to a Nov. 4 incident in which troopers said he rear-ended another car on I-26.

The incident report stated Campbell blew a .09 on the Datamaster on the night of his arrest.

But Campbell said he requested a blood test that was not supplied. State law says the independent test is a requirement if DUI suspects request it.

The judge said Campbell was denied due process when the arresting state trooper didn't give Campbell a blood test in a timely manner. 

"I don't think I was intoxicated. I think if I had a blood test which would be appropriate which I asked for, if it had been granted to me which is my legal right, I think it would have  cleared up a lot earlier," Campbell said.

Campbell's lawyer, Andy Savage, asked the judge to reconsider dismissing it in a last-ditch effort to keep the case from going to a jury trial. Savage said Wednesday that the lack of evidence denied him possible evidence for a trial. 

"They told the world that he was a liar and they told the world he was a drunk driver, neither of which is true," Savage said after court.

Earlier this month, Judge Elbert O. Duffie III ruled the breath test inadmissible in court but said he couldn't dismiss the case with the power of a magistrate. 

The other driver involved in the accident claims she saw Campbell and his wife switch seats after the wreck. Dashcam video shows Campbell denying he was the driver of the car. The trial was scheduled to start Thursday morning. 

Campbell has already settled the civil side of the case with the victim of the crash.

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