While some blame such incidents on deer jumping out in front of them, she'd have us believe all would have been fine with her drinking and driving, if it wasn't for some unknown second car that caused the wreck ... and conveniently left the scene. According to Schuyler Kropf at the Post and Courier:
Morinelli, 54, was released from the county jail on a personal recognizance bond Saturday. The two-term councilwoman, who represents parts of the city's West Ashley suburbs, was charged following a single-vehicle traffic accident Friday afternoon on S.C. Highway 61, according to a report. No one was injured.
At 1:30 p.m., the vehicle she was driving left the road and ran into a ditch. Police arrived to find her seated on the ground, the incident report states. She "kept falling over on her back," the report states.
When asked by police if she'd been drinking, she answered: "I had two bottles of wine."
More wine was found in the car, according to the report. On Saturday during a brief phone conversation with The Post and Courier, Morinelli described them as minibottles.
Morinelli said Saturday a car in the middle of the two-lane road caused the wreck. She said she didn't want the story "blown out of proportion."
Driving while falling down drunk, but it was really someone else's fault. Sounds like a slightly more pathetic version of OJ Simpson's "real killer".
Strangely enough, Mayor Joe Riley, who was all over former Council member Kwadjo Campbell's illegal conduct, thinks she's a "great member of City Council" who has "obviously earned the chance to take some time off".
'Tis the season for lame excuses by public officials ...