FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - The Twelfth Judicial Circuit DUI Court Program recognized one of its participants on Monday, March 13 for reaching one year of sobriety. William Bissell has struggled with the use of alcohol for over 32 years. After having been arrested for DUI seven times, Bissell voluntarily entered the Solicitor's Office DUI Court Program on March 16, 2016.
On March 12, 2017, during an AA meeting, Bissell received his one year sobriety chip, according to a news release from the DUI court. DUI Court Coordinator Courtney Tarbell was in attendance. She remarked that Bissell had made great strides in the program. She joked that the only problem she had was that William happens to be one of the biggest Clemson Tiger fans she's ever met (she herself being a Gamecock fan). He consistently reminds her and her colleagues of Clemson's greatness on every office visit.
To show appreciation for William's accomplishment, Courtney reached out to a friend and was able to obtain an autographed picture of Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney inscribed with a few words of encouragement, the release states. Solicitor Ed Clements, who is also a Gamecock Fan, took pride in presenting the picture to William for his accomplishment.
"Mr. Bissell has worked hard on obtaining his sobriety and has a wonderful family who also supported him during this journey. We look forward to his future and congratulate him on his sobriety," Tarbell said.
William Bissell will graduate from the DUI Court Program on March 27, 2017 followed by six months of aftercare.
The DUI Court Program was designed by Solicitor Ed Clements for repeat DUI offenders as a way to reduce the number of DUI's and protect the life and property of our law abiding citizens. Participants in the program appear in DUI Court on Monday evenings, regularly participate in substance abuse counseling, meet with the DUI Court Coordinator weekly, and attend AA meetings regularly.