Trooper: Spartanburg man had .331 BAC in deadly crash involving Greenville woman

Scott Alan Henning admitted to drinking alcohol prior to driving, according to the testimony of a state trooper.

A man had a blood alcohol level more than four times the legal limit when he was involved in a wreck that killed a Greenville woman, a state trooper said in court.

A toxicology report conducted by SLED revealed Scott Alan Henning’s blood alcohol level was 0.331 on the night Marilyn Scott Bunkley, 62, was struck and killed, Trooper Jonathan Bridges said.

Henning, 24, was charged with felony DUI resulting in death after the wreck. The legal blood alcohol limit is 0.08 percent.

Trooper Bridges took the stand Wednesday during a preliminary hearing and testified for nearly 15 minutes about the wreck, which happened May 13 on Old Buncombe Road near Brooks Avenue in Greenville County.

Bridges said multiple witnesses described a black SUV driving erratically as it headed northbound on Old Buncombe Road at a high rate of speed the night of the collision. Henning was operating the 2001 Toyota Highlander, Bridges said.

“As he was traveling north on Old Buncombe Road — it occurred just prior to Brooks Avenue — he went left of center and struck Ms. Bunkley’s vehicle.”

Bunkley, who was driving a blue Ford Escape, exited the right roadway in an attempt to avoid a collision, Bridges said.

“In fact, her complete vehicle was off the roadway," Bridges said. "She was completely in the grass when she was struck."

Henning’s vehicle spun off and continued north where he sideswiped a blue Nissan Pathfinder driven by Eddie Sullivan, the trooper said. Henning’s SUV then came to a stop in the middle of the roadway, Bridges said. Sullivan suffered minor injuries.

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Henning was transported to the hospital where he was interviewed by Bridges.

“When I walked in the room, he had a blanket over his head and pretty much told me he didn’t want to speak to me," Bridges said. "And I told him that it was time for us to have a little conversation, that he needed to take the blanket off his head, we had some serious things to talk about."

During their brief conversation, Bridges said Henning admitted to drinking alcohol prior to driving.

Judge Leila Foster, after listening to the testimony Wednesday, found probable cause for the case to be bound over for presentation to a grand jury.

During the hearing, Henning’s attorney, John Bateman, acknowledged Bunkley’s family members as they sat silently in the back of the courtroom. Henning sat silently in his orange jumpsuit throughout the proceedings.

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