Rantin: Lexington Sheriff’s Department honors top deputies

brantin@thestate.com (803) 771-8306May 12, 2014 

Three Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputies have been named the top employees for the quarter for their efforts to reduce impaired driving.

Crime scene investigator Keith Sprinkle, field training officer Tom Fine and deputy Jon Silcox were recognized as Employees of the Quarter for the first quarter of 2014 during an employee awards ceremony.

Sheriff James R. Metts presented the award in recognition of the deputies’ combined 135 arrests in 2013 for driving under the influence. The Lexington County Sheriff’s Advisory Council selected the three for the honor.

In 2013, Sprinkle, Fine and Silcox served in positions funded, in part, by a federal highway traffic safety grant awarded by the S.C. Department of Public Safety to the Sheriff’s Department to enhance DUI law enforcement.

Sprinkle, 27, of West Columbia, joined the department in September 2010. Earlier this year, he was named an investigator in the Crime Scene Investigation Unit.

Fine, 47, of Lexington, joined the department in January 2011.

Silcox, 39, of Lexington, joined the department in October 2011.

Metts also presented the Sheriff’s Department Special Achievement Award to attorney Ted Lupton, who was hired in 2013 to prosecute motorists arrested on DUI charges. Deputies previously had to prosecute such cases by themselves in magistrate’s court.

In 2013, 75 percent of the motorists whom Lupton prosecuted were convicted, and most of the remaining motorists pleaded guilty to lesser criminal charges.

“I am proud of the work that Keith, Tom, Jon and Ted did to reduce impaired driving and enhance safety on roadways,” Metts said. “The arrest and successful prosecution of more than 110 motorists who drove motor vehicles while under the influence of alcohol or drugs reflect our agency’s mission of providing professional law enforcement services that enhance the quality of life for all people in Lexington County.”

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