Berkeley County Sheriff Henry Wayne DeWitt was granted a personal recognizance bond Sunday evening after being charged with driving under the influence and leaving the scene of a wreck involving minor injury early Sunday morning.
Berkeley County Judge James Polk granted DeWitt, 63, the PR bond citing a state statute that says only a coroner has the authority to arrest a sheriff. DeWitt was arrested by troopers with the South Carolina Highway Patrol.
Sgt. Bob Beres, a highway patrol spokesman, said troopers responded to reports of hit-and-run accident involving injuries at the intersection of Red Bank Road and Henry E. Brown Jr. Boulevard in Berkeley County at 5:50 a.m.
Beres said when the trooper arrived at the scene, she was informed by Hanahan police officers they had caught the hit-and-run suspect near Bankton Circle in the city of Hanahan. When troopers arrived at that location, they identified DeWitt as the driver of the vehicle.
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After matching physical evidence of his Ford truck to that at the scene of the accident, troopers determined he was involved in accident, Beres said. They administered field sobriety test and found DeWitt to be under the influence.
Beres said DeWitt was transported to the Charleston County Detention Center where he refused to take a breathalyzer test. DeWitt’s bonds were set at $10,000 for hit and run in an accident with minor personal injury and $997 for driving under the influence.