Bill Patrick Hutto Jr. was convicted of DUI in a 2009 case brought by the S.C. Highway Patrol, said Lexington Police Lt. Carroll Bledsoe. There were no injuries in that accident, he added, but he didn’t know other details of the case.The previous DUI conviction was apparently one reason why Lexington County magistrate Scott Whittle set Hutto’s bond at $500,000 Monday morning during a hearing at the Lexington County Detention Center.
Today’s news video Hutto is faces separate charges of felony DUI in connection with the death of Emma Longstreet and injuries suffered by others in Sunday’s crash. More than 40 friends and family members attended Monday’s bond hearing.
According to Lexington police, Emma Longstreet died when the suspect’s Jeep SUV crashed into the van she was riding in around 10:40 a.m. as her family was heading to Northside Baptist Church. Emma’s father, David, was making a left turn onto U.S. 378 off Old Cherokee Road when the vehicle was struck on its side, police said. The crash pushed the Longstreets’ van into the path of another car driven by Kenneth Sinchak of Lexington. Five other members of the Longstreet family were taken to Palmetto Health Richland with injuries, police said, as was Sinchak. Their conditions were not known late Monday.