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S.C. Senator Paul Campbell arrested, charged with DUI in Charleston County

Sen. Paul G. Campbell (Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center)

Paul G. Campbell, a Republican state Senator from Berkeley County, was arrested Saturday night.

According to SCHP, Campbell was driving with a passenger in the car on I-26 when he rear-ended another car. Troopers say Campbell’s blood alcohol level registered as a .09.

Campbell was charged with a DUI and providing false information to police. The passenger in Campbell’s car was reportedly his wife, and also charged with providing false information. Officials say she was released at the scene.

Jail records show Campbell was booked into the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center in Charleston County at 11:46 p.m. Saturday. He was expected in bond court Sunday morning for a hearing.

UPDATE: Senator appears in bond court after arrest -- sort of

Campbell represents portions of Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties in Senate district 44. He has served on the Senate since 2007, and is currently the Senate Ethics Committee chairman. (In the video below, Sen. Campbell speaks about his appointment to the Nuclear Project Review Committee.)

As irony would have it, Sen. Campbell has also been outspoken about issues in South Carolina prisons and detention centers. A day before escaped Lieber Correctional inmate Jimmy Causey was captured in July, Campbell said cell phones in state correctional facilities were a big concern. Later it was learned cell phone availability and use played a large role in Causey's escape.

Campbell has also said lawmakers may look into detention officer salaries as a way to address a shortage of prison and jail employees.

This past spring it was learned the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center, where Campbell was booked, was looking to fill 80 openings.

Check back with ABC News 4 as we continue to follow this story.

* ABC News 4's Brian Troutman contributed to this report.



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