A South Carolina mother who was at a middle school to pick up her child on February 18 was arrested for driving under the influence after police say she failed a field sobriety test.

According to Greenville police, at around 2:45 p.m., they were called to Greenville Middle Academy concerning a minor traffic accident at the pick-up line in front of the school.

An officer said that when he asked 49-year-old Marcia Peyrouse Gaines, one of the drivers involved, for her license and registration, she fumbled around and seemed unsteady on her feet.

According to Greenville Police Cpl. Jason Rampey, the officer said she then presented a credit card, rather than her driver’s license.

The officer then noticed the smell of alcohol and a field sobriety test was performed.

Police arrested Gaines, who submitted to a blood-alcohol test. Her blood-alcohol content was 0.23, nearly three times the legal limit of 0.08.

Gaines has been charged with first offense DUI, which combined with her blood-alcohol level, carries a fine of at least $1,000 or a jail sentence of up to 90 days.

Bob Battle
100% of my practice is devoted to serious traffic defense and criminal litigation in state and federal courts
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