Berkeley County Sheriff Wayne DeWitt has been arrested on charges of DUI and leaving the scene of a wreck.
DeWitt was taken into custody early Sunday morning by the South Carolina Highway Patrol and charged with driving under the influence and leaving the scene of a wreck.
Sgt. Bob Beres, a Highway Patrol spokesman, said troopers responded to reports of a 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 told by Hanahan police officers they had caught the hit-and-run suspect near Bankton Circle in the Hanahan. When troopers arrived at that location, they identified the driver of the truck to be 63-year-old DeWitt.
After matching physical evidence of his Ford truck to that at the scene of the accident, troopers determined he was involved in the accident, Beres said. They administered a field sobriety test and found DeWitt to be under the influence.
Beres said DeWitt was taken to the Charleston County Detention Center where he refused to take a Breathalyzer test. He was charged with DUI and leaving the scene of a wreck involving personal injury.
He was released Sunday night on a personal recognizance bond.
DeWitt is the eighth S.C. sheriff to be investigated or charged while in office since 2010.
Since 2010, three S.C. sheriffs have been sentenced to prison terms. A fourth is awaiting sentencing in federal criminal court. Another sheriff, Michael Johnson of Williamsburg County, was tried and found guilty of fraud for creating false police reports of identity theft earlier this year in federal court. He is awaiting sentencing.