Former SC Department of Transportation director pleads guilty to lesser charge in DUI case

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COLUMBIA, South Carolina — The former director of the state transportation department has pleaded guilty to lesser charges in a drunken driving case.

Multiple media outlets reported that 67-year-old Robert St. Onge (Onj) pleaded guilty Monday to reckless driving and paid a $445 fine.

St. Onge was stopped by a Lexington County sheriff's deputy in January 2014 who said St. Onge was driving erratically on Interstate 20.

Defense attorney Joe McCulloch said he reached an agreement on the lesser charge after pointing out problems with the case. McCulloch said the deputy did not have a video camera to record his interactions with St. Onge.

McCulloch said there also were problems with the field sobriety test and the machine used to test St. Onge's breath.

St. Onge resigned the day he was arrested.

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