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      Lt. Governor candidate comments on son's DUI arrest

      James Ard was booked on a charge of Driving Under the Influence, 1st Offense at 5:55 am Tuesday morning.

      Republican candidate for Lt. Governor, Ken Ard, confirmed to NewsChannel 15 Tuesday morning that his son was arrested for Driving Under the Influence.

      Ard said, "My son used poor judgement. I love my son. We will work through this as a family and I hope the public will be respectful of that."

      According to the Florence County Detention Center website, James Ard, 20, was booked on a charge of Driving Under the Influence, 1st Offense at 5:55 am Tuesday morning.

      According to Highway Patrol spokesman Sid Gaulden, a state trooper stopped Ard around 4:30am on SC 51 (Pamplico Highway). The initial stop was for speeding, but Gulden said the trooper then charged Ard with DUI. Gulden would not say if a field sobriety test was given or provide any other details about the arrest.

      Ken Ard, a Florence County councilman, is facing Democrat Ashley Cooper in the race for the Lt. Governor's seat.

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