Crime

July 30, 2014

RCSD fires deputy who ran red light, caused collision

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department has fired a deputy who ran a red light and caused an accident Friday night.

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department has fired a deputy who ran a red light and caused an accident Friday night.

Sheriff Leon Lott said Cpl. Ken Proffitt was fired Tuesday following a departmental investigation and examination of the deputy's driving record.

The S.C. Highway Patrol cited Proffitt for running the red light.

Proffitt has been involved in three different driving incidents in which he was at fault since joining the Sheriff’s Department in April 2004, according to the Sheriff's Department.

Senior Trooper Hannah Wimberly, a spokeswoman for the South Carolina Highway Patrol, said Cpl. Ken Proffitt drove through a red light while an oncoming vehicle was making a left turn on to Trenholm Road Friday.

The accident caused the deputy’s vehicle to flip over. Proffitt, who was not charged at the scene, was taken to a local hospital.

Wimberly said the driver of the other vehicle did not report any injuries.

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