Police: Bar owner drives home after killing man


CHARLESTON (AP) - The owner of a South Carolina bar was intoxicated and waited until he got to his home to report he struck a pedestrian early Monday, authorities said.

By the time officers arrived at the ramp to the James Island Parkway, 57-year-old Dale Wirth was dead, authorities said.

Daniel Brinker, owner of Dudley's On Ann in downtown Charleston, drove at least 6 miles from the wreck on state Highway 30 near downtown Charleston to his home, according to the police report.

Brinker, 36, is charged with driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident causing death.

His bond was set at $100,000, and he must breathe into a device that determines whether he has been drinking alcohol before he can drive, media outlets reported.

Brinkler's lawyer said at the bond hearing he has long connections to Charleston but did not talk about the wreck.

Brinkler is the owner of Dudley's On Ann in downtown Charleston.