Mayor quipps rapper’s words after verdict reached on Jay-Z’s DUI charge


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.”

For more on this story, click the "read more" button below.


If you would like to receive Breaking News text alerts on a smartphone or tablet, download the DML APP which is completely FREE and easy to use. Go to the Google Play Store or the IOS App Store and search for DML APP. Be sure to keep the app’s notifications setting on. Another way to receive alerts is to text to 40404 the following message: follow @realdennislynch (be sure to put a space between the word follow and the @ symbol).

To see more stories like this, sign up below for Dennis Michael Lynch’s email newsletter.


Comment via Facebook

Send this to a friend