Sellers cleared of alcohol charges

Local State Rep. Bakari Sellers' drunken driving charge has been reduced.
According to court records, he pleaded guilty last week to a charge of reckless driving and paid a $445 fine in connection to an Oct. 7 arrest on Interstate 77 in Chester County.
Sellers, who represents District 91 - including a small part of Barnwell County, was arrested shortly after 1 a.m. while driving to Charlotte after the South Carolina - Georgia football game. The police report says he failed multiple sobriety tests. Before his arrest, Sellers told officers he had been drinking earlier in the day and was tired.
He did not submit to a Breathalyzer test, which results in an automatic license suspension. He paid a $997 cash bond, according to court records. His license was reinstated in January.
Sellers' license had been suspended in the past for failure to pay traffic tickets, he told WIS in Columbia after news of his arrest broke in February.
In an email statement, Sellers said "I am very pleased to have been cleared of all alcohol related charges from my traffic stop in Chester County last fall. As I said that day, I take full responsibility for my actions. I was too tired to drive and I should have made a better choice. I apologize and will do my best to set a better example for our youth and to continue to move South Carolina forward."
The 28-year-old Denmark native is a lawyer and first won election to office in 2006.