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SC man convicted of 2011 felony DUI involving death once again faces DUI charges

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A man convicted of DUI in 2011 has been arrested once again for drunk driving, WISTV10 reported December 9.

Robert Darren Craft, 39, of Pelion, faces charges of DUI 2nd offense after he was arrested Friday morning in a convenience store parking lot. A Springdale Police Department officer found Craft at the Circle K store on Airport Boulevard at around 2 a.m. after hearing tires squeal.

Officers noticed his speech was slurred and asked him to submit to a number of field sobriety tests. Craft failed the tests, and was arrested and taken to the Cayce Department of Public Safety to perform a Breathalyzer.

En route to the department, Craft informed the officer that he was refusing the test, and made an attempt to fail the test by puffing out his cheeks while the test was being administered. Craft was then taken to Lexington County Detention Center and charged with 2nd offense DUI.

For those of you who don't remember Craft, he was convicted and served a year in prison after being convicted of a DUI involving the death of 10-year-old Haley Upchurch and her brother Cameron, age 7. Another child survived the crash, as did the grandparents.

Craft's prior arrest involving the two fatalities occurred on October 28, 2011 when the vehicle Craft was driving collided with a family van as it's occupants were near a South Lake Drive residence after returning home from church. The grandparents in the front seat survived, but two of the children were killed.

Craft was charged with two counts of felony DUI involving death. These charges were reduced after an investigation by the South Carolina highway Patrol determined that both parties had contributed to the accident. Although Craft was legally intoxicated, the family van had pulled out in front of him.

Charges against Craft were downgraded to 2nd offense DUI, and he was convicted in February, 2012. His attorney stated to WISTV10 that his client served around a year of a three year prison sentence. Court records show a fine of $2,100 was paid.

Upon further investigation, WISTV learned Craft also had a DUI from December, 2008 and paid a $997 fine for that offense. Springdale Police Chief Kevin Cornett is now investigating the current DUI charge to see whether Craft can be charged with 3rd offense DUI for last weeks arrest.

Readers, how do you feel this latest arrest should be handled? Just how many DUI's does a person need before they're taken off the street, where they're obviously a danger to themselves as well as others?

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