Dorchester deputy resigns amid drinking allegations

DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The deputy accused of drinking at a bar then driving a patrol car resigned Tuesday, before the investigation could be completed.

In a release from the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office, John Garrison said Deputy Jason Shrewsberry resigned a week after being placed on administrative leave with pay. Garrison said Shrewsberry is no longer employed by Dorchester County.

Shrewsberry came under scrutiny on May 25, after complaints were filed that he was using his county-issued patrol car to travel to and from the bar where he was seen drinking.

According to sheriff's office policy, employees are not permitted to operate county-owned vehicles to carry alcohol or if they have consumed alcohol.

Shrewsberry was not on duty nor was he in uniform, said Garrison. Accusations that Shrewsberry also gave alcohol to minors was proven to be false, he said.

Sheriff L.C. Knight called the event an "unfortunate incident," but said infractions would not be tolerated by the sheriff's office or the county.

Shrewsberry has been a member of the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office since February, 2007. He started his service as a dispatcher until he transferred to the detention center until early this year when he applied for a position as a patrol deputy.

Shrewsberry graduated from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy on May 21.

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