At least two dozen in jail for alcohol-related crimes on New Year's Eve

AP file photo: Drivers line up at a DUI checkpoint.

Some in the Lowcountry welcomed 2013 in a jail cell after law enforcement officers made several arrests involving alcohol around Charleston.

Between last night and this morning at least 25 people were arrested and charged involving alcohol-related crimes in Charleston, Charleston County, Mount Pleasant, and North Charleston, according to jail records.

At least nine people were charged with driving under the influence and 11 with public intoxication or drunkenness and booked in the Al Cannon Detention Center. Charges also include open container, minor in possession of alcohol, and disorderly conduct.

Law enforcement agencies around the area increased their traffic enforcement on New Year's Eve through DUI saturation patrols and enforcement against aggressive driving.

Those convicted of DUI face a $400 fine and up to 30 days in jail, for first offenses. Second offenses could lead to a fine up to $5,100 and up to a year in jail. Those charged with DUI for a third time face up to a $6,300 fine and up to three years in jail.

Reach Natalie Caula at 937-5594 or Twitter.com/ncaula.

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