Citizens of South Carolina trust the police force to provide protection from harm. Usually, these expectations are fulfilled, but once in a while, even those in a position of authority can make a mistake. Reportedly, this is what recently happened when a sheriff's deputy with the Charleston County sheriff's office was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.
The incident occurred at about 4 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 24. Reports indicate that a Summerville police officer discovered the deputy asleep at the wheel of a pickup truck while stopped at a green light. After honking the horn and waiting through several cycles of the traffic light, the police officer exited his vehicle and approached the truck. Reports say the police officer had to knock several times before the deputy awoke.