Loris man sentenced to four years in prison for fatal crash

07/21/2014 9:49 PM

07/21/2014 9:50 PM

A Loris man is sentenced to four years in prison after he was convicted in the death of a 28-year-old man in a 2010 crash that happened in North Myrtle Beach, according to court records.

Michael Anthony Butler, 34, of Myrtle Beach was convicted of felony driving under the influence with death results and Circuit Court Judge Steven John sentenced him to eight years in prison, according to court records. But John suspended that prison sentenced to four years in prison and ordered Butler to pay court costs.

The crash happened Feb. 16, 2010 on U.S. 17 just north of the Cherry Grove exit, police said.

Preliminary autopsy results showed that the passenger in the 2004 Mercury Sable Butler was driving, 28-year-old Mitchell White of Loris, died from multiple trauma, authorities said. White was not wearing a seat belt.

Police said Butler smelled of alcohol, slurred his speech, was unsteady on his feet and got in the way of emergency workers at the crash site after he was initially treated by EMS. An officer conducted three field sobriety tests on Butler at the crash site, and he failed them, according to police.

Butler submitted to a Breathalyzer test at the police department and blew a 0.19, according to the report. South Carolina’s legal limit is 0.08.

The collision forced police to close the northbound lanes of U.S. 17 for about two hours following the crash so troopers with the S.C. Highway Patrol’s Multi-Disciplinary Accident Investigation Team could investigate the crash.

Officers reported that Butler was traveling south in the northbound lanes of U.S. 17 and struck two vehicles about 3 a.m. Feb, 16, 2010.

Butler’s vehicle struck a Hyundai, and “the momentum from the impact carried the first two vehicles into a third vehicle, which was a white truck,” according to the report. There were two people inside the Hyundai, who were extricated from the vehicle by firefighters and transported to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center for treatment.

The report showed that Butler asked for medical treatment after he was taken to the police department, and he was taken to Seacoast Medical Center where he was treated for cuts to his face.

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