Matthew Reid Fisher was under the legal limit for drunk driving following the traffic accident that took the life of a Skinful Halloween attendee, according to a toxicology report released by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.
Fisher's blood alcohol level at the time of the blood test was 0.07, or 0.01 below the legal limit of 0.08. However, the blood test revealed that he had THC metabolites in his system. THC is the psychoactive chemical in marijuana.
According to NORML, blood tests can often tell if an individual is under the influence of THC.
In South Carolina, it is against the law to drive while impaired by THC.
According to Ninth Judicial Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson, felony DUI charges against Fisher had not been dropped prior to his tragic May 10 death, as some posters to the City Paper's website and Facebook page have claimed.
Fisher died after he reportedly sideswiped an SUV on Folly Road before losing control of his bike last week. A second car then struck him, resulting in fatal injuries. Since Fisher's passing, the solicitor's office has dropped the case against him.
On Oct. 23, a car driven by Fisher allegedly hit Beau James Froehlich, an attendee at Skinful. The Charleston County Sheriff's Office notes that Froehlich was wearing dark-colored clothing at the time of the accident.
When deputies arrived at the scene of the October accident, an officer observed that Fisher's speech was slurred, he had bloodshot eyes, and he smelled of alcohol.
This past Friday night, the Sheriff's Office stepped up traffic enforcement efforts along Folly Road, making three DUI arrests and issuing 81 citations and 24 written warnings.