South Carolina: State Senator Paul Campbell busted for DUI, says he’ll pass a law against such arrests

South Carolina Highway Patrol

South Carolina Highway Patrol


State Senator Paul Campbell busted for DUI, says he’ll pass a law against such arrests; spent the night in the slammer after rear-ending another vehicle

SC-Sen Paul Gladstone Campbell DUI arrest on Nov 4, 2017, at 23 46 pm SC Highway Patrol Charleston Co Sheriff Jail

When given a field sobriety test, Sen. Campbell was told by the State Trooper to put his hands down by his sides. He immediately swung both arms up as if to take flight or to balance himself. Just a few minutes prior, he was operating a motor vehicle in heavy traffic.

As the Trooper continued to show Senator Campbell how to perform a walking test, Senator Campbell continued to use his arms for balance to be able to simply stand up straight. Several times he had to step sideways to keep from falling.

When walking nine paces, he often had trouble maintaining his balance and fared worse when asked to hold one leg up and count to three, a feat he couldn’t master.

“You didn’t have to handcuff me,” said Sen. Campbell.

The trooper explained it was policy to do so, and Campbell replied that he understood. During the field sobriety tests, Sen. Campbell was polite to the Trooper and compliant.

While on the way to jail Sen. Campbell and the Trooper exchanged small talk about sports and then Campbell said, “This may cost me my job, you know that.”

“I run the Charleston Airport,” said Sen. Campbell when explaining why he has two wallets.

The trooper was silent. Campbell didn’t say anything about having gratitude for the Trooper’s actions in taking him off the highway before he slammed into a carload of his constituents and killing them as he drove impaired.

Sen. Campbell noted that South Carolina uses the breathalyzer that only two states use.

“We use the one that is easiest to beat in court,” he said with a laugh.

The trooper responded by saying,”That’s why we have a very high fatality rate.”

The trooper responded by saying,
“That’s why we have a very high fatality rate.”

South Carolina State Senator Paul G Campbell Jr Rep of Berkely, Dorchester counties DUI arrest Charleston SC

S.C. Highway Patrol video of State Sen. Paul Campbell field sobriety test

“This is not fun. This kinda sucks,” Campbell is heard saying in the video while sitting in the police cruiser. “I’m going to change the law on this… I’m not DUI. I wasn’t driving the car anyway.”

Additional Information

    • Age: 71
    • Height: 5 6
    • Weight: 157
    • Confinement Reason: ARREST

Charge Details

    • Arresting Agency
    • Charge #
    • Warrant #
    • Bond Amount
    • Charge Status
    • Charge Description
    • Court
    • Court Date
    • SCHP
    • 56-5-2930
    • 20172400096955
    • $992.00
    • BONDED
    • NAREA3
    • 01/08/2018
    • SCHP
    • 16-17-725
    • 20172400096956
    • $465.00
    • BONDED
    • NAREA3
Total $1,457.00 Bond

Chairman, Senate Ethics Committee

Republican – Berkeley

District 44 – Berkeley, Charleston & Dorchester Counties – Map

Columbia Address

South Carolina State Senator Paul G Campbell Jr Rep of Berkely, Dorchester counties DUI arrest Charleston SC

205 Gressette Bldg.
Columbia 29201

Business Phone (803) 212-6410

Home Address

150 Loganberry Circle
Goose Creek 29445

Home Phone (843) 569-0089

Business Phone (843) 296-1001

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Personal Information

  • Retired Regional President, Alcoa & Consultant, Paul Campbell, LLC
  • Residing at 150 Loganberry Cir., Goose Creek
  • Born July 10, 1946, in West Jefferson, North Carolina
  • Son of Paul G. Campbell, Sr. and Edith Winkler Campbell
  • Clemson University, B.S., Chemical Engineering, 1968
  • Jacksonville State University, M.B.A., 1978
  • June 29, 1967 married Vicki Garner Campbell, 3 children, Christie, Jeremy, and Caroline
  • Clemson Board of Visitors
  • Engineering Advisory Council at Clemson
  • Board of Governors for the School of Business and Economics at the College of Charleston
  • South Carolina Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education
  • Trident Technical College Foundation
  • Past Chairman, Board of Regents, Leadership South Carolina, 1993-95
  • Past President, Summerville Rotary Club, 1989
  • Past President, Berkeley Chamber of Commerce, 1992
  • Past President and Campaign Chairman, Trident United Way, 1992
  • Past President, Coastal Council of Boy Scouts, 1995-96
  • Past President, The Materials Soc. (TMS), 1995, and American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME), 1999
  • Distinguished Service Award, TMS
  • Past Chairman, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, 1999
  • Board member, Executive Committee, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, 2002
  • Past Chairman of South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance, 2004
  • Executive Committee, Business and Industry Political Education Committee (BIPEC)
  • Board of Directors, First Financial Holdings and First Federal of Charleston
  • South Carolina Public Service Authority
  • Recipient, Order of the Palmetto, 1998
  • Executive Committee, Charleston Regional Development Alliance
  • Elder, Dorchester Presbyterian Church