Man gets 8 years for DUI crash that ended South Carolina deputy’s career

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LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man has been ordered to spend eight years in prison for a drunken driving crash that injured a Lexington County deputy on his way to work so badly he can never work as an officer again.

Prosecutors say 38-year-old Jordan Nichols was speeding and driving in the wrong lane of state Highway 6 when his SUV hit the marked sheriff’s office SUV head on in June 2019.

Investigators say it took emergency workers at least 20 minutes to cut Hal from his vehicle after the crash. Prosecutors say Nichols had a blood alcohol level of 0.19%, which is more than twice the legal limit.

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