SOUTH CAROLINA — “In the words of Jay-Z, ‘not guilty, y’all got to feel me,'” tweeted Greenwood Mayor Wellborn Adams on Thursday, after a jury found him not guilty of a DUI charge he incurred in September 2015.
Adams was fortunate to have a good lawyer, as Attorney Billy Nicholson III was able to successfully convince the jury that South Carolina state trooper Derek Johnson didn’t give Adams enough time to read the consent form before he blew a .09 on a breathalyzer test, .01 over the legal limit.
The jury deliberated for a whole five minutes.
State trooper Derek Johnson tried to present as evidence a breath test that showed Adams’ blood-alcohol level was 0.09 percent — over the legal limit of 0.08 percent where juries may presume a driver is legally drunk, The Index-Journal of Greenwood reported.
But a judge agreed with an argument from Adams’ lawyer Billy Nicholson III that the trooper did not give Adams enough time to fully read the form consenting to the test.
Nicholson told the jury Adams failed sobriety tests such as standing on one leg because he tore his Achilles tendon three years ago.
The defense lawyer called Adams’ wife to the stand, who said he trips regularly while jogging.
“I don’t want to make fun of him,” Ericka Adams said, laughing. “He’s a genius, but he is clumsy.”
In the words of Jay Z, “not guilty, y’all got to feel me” #vindicated
— Welborn Adams (@WelbornAdams) November 2, 2017
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