Paul Campbell DUI Arrest: Senator told trooper his blood-alcohol level was ".03 or .05"

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Before S.C. Highway Patrol arrested Sen. Paul Campbell on DUI and providing false information charges Saturday night, Campbell told a State Trooper he believed his blood alcohol level was only a ".03 or .05," an incident report provided by Highway Patrol shows.

Campbell's blood-alcohol level was ultimately measured at .09, just above the legal limit, when he was given a sobriety test later at the Charleston County Detention Center, according to Highway Patrol.

Campbell is a state Senator from Goose Creek representing District 44 in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester Counties. His arrest came after Highway Patrol says he rear-ended another driver's SUV at the 204 mile marker on I-26 westbound in Charleston County Saturday night,

In addition to DUI, Campbell was cited for providing false information to law enforcement after claiming his wife, Vicki Campbell, was actually driving at the time of the wreck. Highway Patrol cited Vicki Campbell for providing false information, as well, as she told Highway Patrol the same thing, according to an incident report.

However, the woman Highway Patrol says Campbell rear-ended told State Troopers another story. Caddin told Highway Patrol she watched the Campbells switch places inside their Mercedes SUV after coming to a stop ahead of her on the interstate moments after the collision.

Campbell claimed he was innocent, and reiterated he wasn't driving after he was released from jail Sunday morning following a bond hearing.

Video of Campbell's bond court appearance shows he smiled as the victim's mother spoke on her behalf during court.

Campbell grinned as Paulette McCrann said, "We could be planning a funeral right now," during the hearing.

View the full Highway Patrol incident report on the wreck and Campbell's arrest embedded below. Having trouble viewing the document on your phone? Click HERE.

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