CHARLESTON, S.C. – State police reports accuse a South Carolina sheriff of driving more than 100 mph, speeding through a red light and nearly losing control of his county-issued pickup truck shortly before he was charged with drunken driving.
The S.C. Highway Patrol released reports Monday on Berkeley County Sheriff Wayne DeWitt's arrest, one week after he was charged with drunken driving and leaving the scene of an accident. DeWitt was sworn into office for a sixth term during a private ceremony Sunday.
The reports say DeWitt rear-ended a vehicle about 5:45 a.m. Dec. 28 as the driver slowed to turn right. A Hanahan officer says DeWitt's vehicle sped around his cruiser. When DeWitt did stop, he forgot to shift into park before he got out, and two officers had to jump in the side.