February 3, 2011 – The North Charleston police chief commented on the DUI arrest and subsequent firing of a police officer on Wednesday. According to a report at Live 5 News, the police chief said the 25-year-old officer, who was arrested for drunk driving on Saturday, “made a huge mistake.”
The officer was fired on Monday morning after his arrest, not only for the drunk driving charge but also for taking his patrol car well outside city limits. The officer crashed his squad car into a ditch in Colleton County, even though department policy states that patrol cars can’t go more than 10 miles outside North Charleston. The officer claimed that he crashed while trying to avoid a deer, but the department released dashboard video that shows no sign of a deer. The car is seen drifting across the median and then the car is shown driving deeper into a wooded area.
The DUI accident was discovered by fellow officers, who presumably went to look for the officer after he would not respond to radio calls. The fired officer has yet to publicly comment on the incident, and his blood-alcohol level has not been released.