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Berkeley County Sheriff Wayne DeWitt charged with DUI, leaving scene of wreck

By Andy Paras, The Post and Courier

Berkeley County Sheriff Wayne DeWitt was arrested by the South Carolina Highway Patrol this morning and charged with DUI and leaving the scene of a wreck involving injury.

Troopers responded to a hit and run at Red Bank Road and Henry E. Brown Boulevard at 5:50 a.m., Highway Patrol Sgt. Bob Beres said.

A Ford pickup had struck the rear of another vehicle and left the scene. As the trooper arrived at the scene she was told Hanahan Police officers had stopped a pickup truck matching the description of the one involved in the crash.

The trooper drove to the scene of the traffic stop at Bankton Circle in Hanahan and identified DeWitt as the driver, Beres said.

With the help of physical evidence at the scene, troopers determined the Berkeley County-owned truck was the same one involved in the wreck, Beres said.

A field sobriety test determined he was under the influence, he said.

DeWitt, 63, was taken to the Al Cannon Detention Center in Charleston where he refused the Datamaster Breathalyzer breath test, Beres said. He is charged with DUI and leaving the scene of a wreck involving personal injury.

DeWitt is still in jail on the charges. No word on the time or location of the bond hearing, Lt. Chris Brokaw of the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office said.

Hanahan Police Lt. Michael Fowler declined to comment about the traffic stop, deferring all questions to the Highway Patrol. 

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