Ex-Orangeburg deputy found not guilty of DUI charge

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) - A former Orangeburg County sheriff's deputy who wrecked his unmarked patrol car while off-duty has been found not guilty of driving under the influence.

Multiple media outlets report that jurors found 33-year-old Robert Ayers of Rowesville not guilty after a three-hour hearing Tuesday.

Ayers resigned in January, less than a week after being placed on administrative duty.

He was arrested Dec. 30 after running his car into a ditch south of Orangeburg. Troopers say the off-duty officer failed several sobriety tests and refused a breathalyzer test.

Ayers had been on the force for three years. His attorney says he did not know if Ayers would seek his old position with the sheriff's department.

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