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Governor: Myers, Washington should resign after DUI arrests

VDEO: Gov. Haley calls for Myers and Washington to resign over DUI arrests

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S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley said Wednesday that Richland County Councilman Kelvin Washington and 11th Circuit Solicitor Donnie Myers of Lexington, both recently arrested for drunken driving, should resign.

“When you look at any elected officials that believe they are above the law, there’s a problem,” Haley told reporters. “They both should resign. Our office is looking at options.”

Haley can remove the two from office only if they are indicted on a crime of “moral turpitude,” a broad legal term for acts that violate societal norms. The governor’s office is examining whether they committed a crime of moral turpitude under S.C. law.

Myers was arrested last week for drunken driving after the S.C. Highway Patrol responded to an accident where the prosecutor's car had run off the road and hit a utility pole. Myers’ circuit includes Lexington County, where Haley lived before she was elected governor in 2011.

Myers was arrested for driving under the influence in 2005, pleading guilty to the charge.

Also, in 2012, Myers was charged with having an open container of alcohol in his car after a Highway Patrol trooper stopped him for suspicion of driving under the influence. In that instance, Myers was given a field sobriety test, issued a ticket and allowed to drive home after a 15-minute traffic stop.

Efforts to reach Myers were unsuccessful Wednesday.

Richland Councilman Kelvin Washington was charged with felony drunken driving after, police say, he crashed into another car Saturday night on Bluff Road, near Hopkins. The 22-year-old driver of the other car was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

Washington’s attorney, Michael Duncan, declined to comment on the case Wednesday.

Haley said drunken driving has been a problem in South Carolina for a long time: “When you have elected officials that are actually getting arrested for that, it’s a real problem.”

Staff writer Glen Flanagan contributed

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