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York County Councilman Winstead asks for jury trial

York County Councilman Eric Winstead has requested a jury trial for charges related to a May incident when he drove his car off a Chester County road.

The first-term Republican was arrested May 16 after police say he hit a sign with his car and walked away from the scene of the accident. The accident happened around 2 a.m., according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

Officers found Winstead at his home later that morning and arrested him.

Winstead, 39, was charged with driving too fast for conditions and leaving the scene of an accident.

Winstead had a court hearing scheduled for Tuesday, but he requested a jury trial which hasn’t been scheduled yet, said Chester County Chief Magistrate Dianne Moore.

Winstead was not available Tuesday for comment.

Winstead’s May arrest followed a December drunken driving arrest. In January, Winstead pleaded guilty to the first-offense DUI charge and paid a $1,022 fine.