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Sheriff's Sergeant charged with DUI after accident

When an individual is arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, the need to mount an aggressive legal response is immediate. This is true regardless of one's socioeconomic status or career path. However, when an individual holds a position within the public service sector, the damage to reputation and community trust that follows a South Carolina DUI charge can be devastating.

This may be the case for a Beaufort County Sheriff's Sergeant who was recently arrested following a car accident. The 47-year-old man lost control of his Ford SUV and crashed into a wooded area near the intersection of Parker Drive and Bay Pines Road in Beaufort. When emergency responders arrived at the scene, suspicion arose that he may have been drinking prior to the crash.

The man sustained serious injury in the accident, and it is believed that his back was broken in three separate places. As he struggles to recover from his injuries, he will also need to address the legal challenges posed by the DUI charges against him. This will be a difficult time, and he and his family will be tasked with juggling his medical care as well as his legal needs.

There is no word as to whether the Sergeant submitted to breath analysis at the time of the incident. He allegedly told the responding officers that he had consumed a few beers prior to the crash, but it is unclear what the timeline for those actions might have been. He has not been fired from his job as of yet, but has been shifted to "no duty" status. As he moves forward in both his recovery and the DUI case, the future of his career with this South Carolina Sheriff's department may be in question.

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