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Spartanburg teen charged with DUI after driving car into Lake Bowen

A Spartanburg teen has been charged with driving under the influence, and other charges, Fox Carolina reported February 23.

Spartanburg Sheriff Chuck Wright says the 16-year-old stole his father's car, then got drunk and crashed into Lake Bowen. This is an accident that could have proven fatal, given the fact a Good Samaritan had to pull the young man out of the wrecked vehicle.

No names were released since the teen is underage, but he was reported driving at 100mph along I-26 when he lost control of the vehicle and went down an embankment just after 1 a.m. Sunday morning.

A witness ran to the crash scene and risked his life to pull the accident victim out of the cold water. Wright stated to Fox Carolina

"It was pretty brave. It was dark and they took a chance in that cold water to get that young boy out of there. It's an act of bravery."

Wright would like to find the Good Samaritan and present him with a citizen's award.

Sheriff Wright said the teen was uninjured except for a small scratch. He's been charged with DUI, destruction of personal property and possession of alcohol by a minor.

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