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22-year-old woman charged with felony DUI

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FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The South Carolina Highway Patrol said on Friday night at 11:50 p.m., a 22-year-old woman was driving east in the westbound lane on US 76 in Florence County.

Lance Corporal Sonny Collins tells WMBF News the DUI suspect hit the 2009 Hyundai 20-year-old David Shelton was driving.

Both Shelton and the woman driving the other car went to McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence, where they both remained Monday night.

The woman is charged with felony DUI. WMBF News is withholding the woman's name because she is still in the hospital and has not been officially booked.

David Shelton's brother, Jonathan spoke to WMBF News about his brother's condition, and why he thinks the laws on DUI's should be stiffer.

"There needs to be a tougher crackdown on the laws for DUI. I mean first time offense, it's a smack on the wrist," Shelton said.

DUI fines and penalties vary depending on the offender's blood alcohol level. First time offenders with a .16 or higher, which is double the legal limit, gets a suspended license for six months, a $1,000 fine and possible jail time.

Shelton said if the laws are stiffer, people might think twice before getting behind the wheel after drinking.

In South Carolina, it typically isn't until a person has had their fourth DUI that they lose their license permanently.

"That's four other opportunities that somebody has to where {somebody} they about die and the family mourns with that, or the person just dies," Shelton said.

Jonathan Shelton said his brother, who has a 2-month-old daughter is defying the doctor's predictions and is staying alert and conscious, and he hopes to be home by Christmas.

Shelton said not only was his brother given another chance at life, but the driver of the other car was too.

"You know this may be another chance for her to realize, you know, I shouldn't have done that and to change her view also on how the laws go," Shelton said.

Lance Corporal Sonny Collins said Shelton and the female driver of the other vehicle were both wearing their seatbelts.

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