[image-1]The woman who was rear-ended by state Senator Paul Campbell told authorities she saw him switch seats with his wife, according to an incident report released Monday afternoon by the South Carolina Department of Public Service.

The lawmaker and his wife, Vicki, coordinated the lie before authorities arrived at the scene at 9:20 p.m. last Saturday, keeping their story straight before authorities eventually figured out that Campbell was the driver.

“She stated that she did not stop in time and struck the Jeep,” the report reads. “I then spoke with the passenger who was later identified as Paul Campbell. I asked him if he was driving and he stated no, but that he got out to check the other car…”

The 71-year-old senator informed authorities that he was a state senator before being questioned.

The report reveals that he responding officer could smell alcohol on both of their breaths, but that Mrs. Campbell passed her field sobriety test.

Mr. Campbell was charged with a DUI misdemeanor. Both Mr. and Mrs. Campbell were charged with providing false information, but Mrs. Campbell was released that same night.

The case has been forwarded to the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office, according to The Post & Courier. Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson said that she worked with the state senator on legal matters in the past, making her work on the case a “possible conflict of interest.”

Michaela Caddin, the woman hit by senator Campbell, is being represented by attorney Matt Yelverton. In a press conference Tuesday morning, Yelverton said he expects to file a civil lawsuit against Campbell this week. Yelverton is also in the process of requesting the DOT camera footage from the exit of the crash.


Stay cool. Support City Paper.

City Paper has been bringing the best news, food, arts, music and event coverage to the Holy City since 1997. Support our continued efforts to highlight the best of Charleston with a one-time donation or become a member of the City Paper Club.