Folly Beach councilman arrested for public intoxication

Donald Rich (Source: Charleston County Detention Center)
Donald Rich (Source: Charleston County Detention Center)

FOLLY BEACH, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston County Sheriff's Office arrested a Folly Beach City councilman early Saturday morning in Folly Beach.

Deputies say they were patrolling the East Cooper Avenue area around 1:50 a.m. when they saw a man yelling in the street. Authorities identified the man as 31-year-old Donald "D.J." Rich.

Deputies say Rich cursed and stuck out his middle finger at them. Rich told deputies that he was sorry and he thought that the deputies were Folly Beach police officers.

According to deputies, Rich was unsteady on his feet and had an odor of alcohol coming from him. He was then arrested and charged with public disorderly conduct and intoxicated person in the roadway.

"I very much regret what occurred and take full responsibility for the matter," Rich said in a statement. "While I did mistake the deputy for a town police officer I often joke with, it does not excuse my actions.

I offer my sincere apology to the people of Folly Beach who expect better and can assure them that something like this will not happen again. In the meantime, I will continue to work hard for this town and for the people who live here."

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