DUI charge for sheriff's deputy dropped down to reckless driving

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A DUI charge for a Charleston County Sheriff's Office deputy was dropped down to a reckless driving charge.

Nicolas Wagner was arrested by the Charleston Police Department on May 6 for DUI. Wagner appeared in court recently and paid the reckless driving fine.

The Charleston Police Department incident report states that Wagner told police he "had a bad night" after they arrived at the scene of the single-vehicle wreck.

When police asked Wagner how the wreck happened, the report states he told them he just lost control.

When officers asked him about a wet spot on his pants, he told them he had urinated on himself earlier in the night, the report states.

Wagner lost control of his vehicle at the on-ramp to I-526 westbound as he was heading from Savannah Highway, police say.  Officers were called out to the scene of the accident at around 2:30 a.m.

Police said Wagner refused to take field sobriety tests, and was arrested and charged with 1st offense DUI.

According to the sheriff's office, Wagner was off-duty when the accident occurred and was driving his personal vehicle. Wagner was placed on administrative leave without pay.

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