Former USC Football Star Demetris Summers Arrested for DUI, Drug Charges

Former Gamecock Football Player Demetris Summers Arrested on DUI, Drug Charges

Demetris SummersFormer University of South Carolina tailback Demetris Summers was arrested on November 5th, around 4:50 AM, after a car accident led authorities to a breathalyzer test, and determined he committed a DUI.

Summers has also been charged with attempt to distribute crack cocaine, as well as possession of an illegal fire arm.

A Highway Patrol officer was called to the scene of a collision early in the morning on Tuesday, and found Summers and a passenger in Summers’ silver Honda just off the shoulder of the road. The front driver’s-side tire was not on the vehicle. Both men told the officer they were searching for the lug nut for the missing wheel. The officer reported that both men smelled strongly of alcohol, so the officer conducted a field sobriety test, as he suspected the men were covering a DUI. Summers consented to the tests, informing the offer that he had had one beer before driving. However, he failed the field sobriety tests.

“Mr. Summers could not keep his balance during the instruction portion (of one of the tests),” the trooper wrote. “During the one leg stand portion … Mr. Summers put his feet down multiple times, used his arms for balance and swayed.”

A breathalyzer showed Demetris Summers’ blood alcohol content (BAC) to be 0.02, within the legal limit. However, the officer found about 7 grams of crack cocaine in the vehicle, along with a .40-calibre Taurus handgun.

“Due to the poor performance on the (field soberity tests) and the drugs found in the vehicle, I believe Mr. Summers was under the influence of something other than alcohol,” the on-scene trooper wrote.

Summers went to the hospital for a urine test, but the results are not listed in the report. If the tests are positive, however, Summers could be charged with DUI for drugs, not just alcohol.

Demetris Summers was a high school football star who went on to play for the USC Gamecocks under Lou Holtz. However, he was kicked off the team for smoking marijuana.

New App Gets DUI Suspects In Contact with Strom Law

South Carolina has some of the strictest DUI laws in the nation. If you are pulled over for a suspected DUI, you may be subjected to a field sobriety test or a Breathalyzer test. These tests must be videotaped by the police officer, and the officer must inform you of your right to refuse a Breathalyzer. However, the efficacy of both of these tests is constantly in question, and you should contact a DUI defense attorney to help you sift through the evidence. The sooner you contact a DUI lawyer for help, the better, as more evidence can be preserved – which is the beauty of mobile apps like Strom Law’s DUI Lawyer app!

The Strom Law Firm’s DUI app can help you if you find yourself pulled over or arrested for a DUI. Your rights as a defendant are immediately accessible, and you can quickly call us for a consultation from the app, or find our office location. And, if your find yourself too drunk to drive, our DUI Lawyer app even helps you call a taxi!

The Strom Law Firm Can Help with DUI Charges in South Carolina

If you face DUI charges, whether it is your first charge, or felony DUI, you could feel alone and afraid. Just because you drink and drive, especially if you are not the designated driver, does not automatically mean that you are guilty. The attorneys at the Strom Law Firm have helped people who face DUI charges since 1996. We offer free, confidential consultations so you can discuss the facts of your case with impunity. Contact us for help today. 803.252.4800

About Pete Strom

Defending criminal charges including drug crimes, DUI, CDV, mail fraud, wire fraud, bank fraud, computer crimes, money laundering, and juvenile crimes, Pete also handles Federal and State investigations. Representing individuals in Civil Matters including Class Actions, Personal Injury, Qui Tam Actions, Defective Products, Nursing Home Neglect, and Professional Licensing Defense cases. Joseph Preston “Pete” Strom, Jr., the managing partner at Strom Law Firm, L.L.C., has been fighting for justice since 1984.

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