Driver in Bluffton crash charged with felony DUI

achristnovich@beaufortgazette.comJanuary 29, 2013 


A man who wrecked his truck Saturday morning in Bluffton, injuring himself and two passengers, has been charged with felony driving under the influence.

Scott Matthew Schroeder, 29, of Bluffton was driving southbound on All Joy Road at about 3 a.m. with two passengers when he passed another vehicle, lost control and ran off the road, according to Sgt. Bob Beres of the S.C. Highway Patrol.

The truck rolled several times before stopping upright, Beres said. Schroeder and a 23-year-old passenger, both of whom were wearing seat belts, were transported by ambulance to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah. A 26-year-old man, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the truck. He was flown by helicopter to the same hospital.

The condition of the passengers was unavailable Tuesday evening.

Schroeder was charged Monday by the state Highway Patrol with driving under the influence resulting in great bodily injury. He was released the same day from the Beaufort County Detention Center on personal recognizance. If convicted, he could face a fine of as much as $10,100, as many as 15 years in prison or both, according to state law.

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