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Dashcam video released of Charleston City Councilman’s arrest at DUI checkpoint

Updated: Jun. 1, 2021 at 4:18 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Authorities released dashcam footage Tuesday afternoon showing the weekend arrest of Charleston City Councilman Harry Griffin.

Berkeley County court records state Griffin, 26, was charged with driving under the influence with a blood-alcohol level of less than 0.10 percent on Saturday evening.

An incident report states he was stopped at 7:51 p.m. Saturday on County Line Road in the Cross area.

The report states an officer smelled “a strong odor of alcohol” emanating from the driver’s side window of a pickup truck they say Griffin was driving.

Police say say when initially asked how much alcohol he had had to drink, he said “none,” but when the officer said he smelled alcohol, Griffin said, “only one.”

Griffin was then told to park his vehicle and walk to the front of the officer’s marked patrol vehicle. The report states Griffin had “blood shot and glassy eyes.”

Police say Griffin refused a standard field sobriety test and was placed under arrest for DUI. The report states Griffin also refused to provide a breath sample at the Berkeley County jail.

Deputies released dashcam footage of Griffin being placed in handcuffs and placed into the back of a Berkeley County Sheriff’s vehicle.

A judge set a personal recognizance bond of $500 and Griffin has since been released.

Court records show Griffin has a court date of July 15 on the charge.

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