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Senator appears in bond court after arrest -- sort of

Senator Paul G. Campbell spoke briefly after bonding out of the Al Cannon Detention Center Sunday morning. He said he wasn't driving the vehicle. (WCIV)

Senator Paul G. Campbell appeared in bond court Sunday morning on charges of DUI and providing false information to law enforcement officers -- sort of.

Campbell's morning was unlike most days in bond court, where the individual facing charges is seen on a large television screen. For some reason, the camera did not show the senator from Berkeley County as Magistrate Judge Martelle T. Morrison reviewed the charges and set Campbell's bond.

Court officials say they did not know why the camera did not show the senator. ABC News 4 confirmed it was working properly for other bond court appearances.

Sen. Campbell did step in front of cameras a short while later, after bonding out of the Al Cannon Detention Center, to proclaim his innocence.

"Wait until it comes out in court, but I wasn't driving, OK," Campbell said to ABC News 4's Angela Brown.

Campbell, 71, was arrested late Saturday night after a car he was in collided with another on I-26, officials with the South Carolina Highway Patrol report. Troopers say his blood alcohol level registered as a .09.

Officials say the passenger in Campbell’s car was his wife. Troopers say she was also charged with providing false information to police, but she was released at the scene.

Campbell's bond was set at $992 for the DUI charge and $465 for the charge of providing false information.

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

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