BERKELEY COUNTY, SC –Berkeley County Sheriff Wayne DeWitt has resigned following a much publicized DUI arrest and leaving the scene of a wreck with injuries.
On December 28, 2014 DeWitt was arrested by the South Carolina Highway Patrol after authorities say DeWitt struck the rear of another vehicle at the intersection of Red Bank Road and Henry Brown Road in Berkeley County then fled the scene.
SLED investigating Dewitt traffic stop
Jan 30, 2015 12:11 AM EST
BERKELEY COUNTY, SC – It has been more than three weeks since Berkeley County Sheriff Wayne Dewitt was arrested for DUI and now the investigation is expanding to include the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED). News 2 received and email from Nineth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson saying she requested this investigation because of concerns that developed as she reviewed the case.
On December 28th, police says Sheriff Dewitt ran a red light, hit another car– injuring the driver, drove away, and evaded police when they tried to pull him over. He currently faces charges of driving under the influence and fleeing the scene of an accident with injuries. But many locals are upset Hanahan Police did not charge Dewitt with failure to stop for a police light, which is a felony.
There is a chance SLED will review the case and see the need to tack on the additional charge. Scarlett Wilson says she expects to receive the final results of the SLED investigation within the next two to three weeks.
Police administered field sobriety test and determined he was under the influence. DeWitt refused breath test, according to troopers.
Berkeley County Sheriff Wayne DeWitt released on bond
Jan 04, 2015 12:25 PM EST
BERKELEY COUNTY, SC – Sunday, Berkeley County Sheriff Wayne DeWitt faced a bond court judge in Moncks Corner. The judge released DeWitt on a personal recognizance bond.
He was arrested by the South Carolina Highway Patrol Sunday morning. Troopers were dispatched to scene of hit and run collision with injuries at 5:50am, December 28th. It happened at the intersection of Red Bank Road and Henry Brown Road in Berkeley County.
Troopers say a Ford truck struck the rear of another vehicle at intersection and then left scene. Troopers say they had suspect’s vehicle at traffic stop in Hanahan, where they responded and found Sheriff Wayne DeWitt to be driver of truck.
Troopers were able to determine that he was involved in hit and run collision. Troopers administered field sobriety test and determined he was under the influence. DeWitt refused breath test, according to troopers.
He was charged with DUI and leaving scene of collision involving personal injury. DeWitt was transported to the Chs. Co Detention Center.
He was charged with DUI and leaving scene of collision involving personal injury.
Statement from Berkeley County Sheriff Wayne DeWitt:
In my recent public statement I apologized for my well-publicized conduct of December 28, 2014. I reiterate how sorry I am for my actions and the poor choices I made.
Because of the magnitude of the decision and its implications I have taken some time to honestly assess the situation with the singular goal of “doing what is right and what is honorable”. I have done much private soul searching.
In the end, I know and understand the entire situation is the product of my own failures. As an elected official, as Sheriff and as a person, I recognize that I must be held accountable. I have concluded that in light of the cloud on the Office of Sheriff of Berkeley County resulting from my conduct on December 28th, I can no longer be an effective public servant regardless of how the legal process unfolds.
I am convinced that the best way to begin to restore the public trust is for me to resign from the Office of Sheriff of Berkeley County. By letters to the appropriate officials I am tendering my resignation effective immediately.
Berkeley County Supervisor Bill Peagler issued the following statement on the resignation of Berkeley County Sheriff Wayne DeWitt:
“What happened in December was a very unfortunate incident. We thank God that no one was seriously injured in the accident.
We are grateful for the incredible deputies in the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office who have continued to provide excellent service to Berkeley County residents, despite the distractions surrounding the incident. I hope today’s resignation will allow our sheriff deputies to continue their great work in protecting the residents of Berkeley County without distraction.
I have reached out to the Governor’s Office to offer my full support and assistance, while she decides how to replace the sheriff.
My pledge to the people of Berkeley County is that I will work closely with whomever the next sheriff will be to ensure our first responders have the proper equipment and support needed to protect our residents, reduce crime and make our neighborhoods safer.
I pray for Wayne and his family during this time. And, I thank him for his 40 years of service to our community.”