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HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) -

A South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper who was placed on suspension after he struck three pedestrians last weekend with his personal vehicle resigned on Monday.

Trooper Christopher Lee Bridges was suspended on Dec. 2 and has resigned.

Bridges, who has worked with the department since 2007, was under investigation by South Carolina Department of Public Safety and Horry County Sheriff's Office.

According to the investigation by the Horry County Sheriff's Office, it was around 3:19 a.m. on Sunday when Bridges struck three people on the side of Jason Boulevard, just off Highway 501, in his personal vehicle.

Afterwards he got out of his vehicle to check on pedestrians, and then left the scene of the accident.

Bridges was questioned later on Sunday by Horry County Sheriff's Office, who determined it was Bridges driving the vehicle that struck the three pedestrians.

Warrants for Bridges arrest were obtained Monday morning and he turned himself in around 1 p.m. During the bond hearing, Bridges was charged with three counts of leaving the scene of an accident with minor injury.

Bridges was given $1,000 bond for each charge. He was released on bail just before 4 p.m. Monday.

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