Sheriff's office awarded for DUI enforcement

Deputy James and Deputy Craven. (Source: CCSO)
Deputy James and Deputy Craven. (Source: CCSO)

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday they have been recognized by the National Criminal Enforcement Association for their efforts in DUI enforcement.

Sheriff's office spokesman Major Jim Brady said the agency's Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic (H.E.A.T.) Unit was named the top DUI enforcement team in the country in 2012. A member of that unit, Deputy Chris Craven, was also recognized as the 2012 DUI Officer of the Year.

Sheriff Cannon also took the time Tuesday to honor Deputy Shawn James the Award of Valor 2012 for an incident which happened last spring in West Ashley.

James had stopped Terrance Green on Highway 61 near Playground Road on Apr. 2 when Green attempted to hit James with his car. James was not hurt in the incident.

Green was later arrested and charged with attempted murder.

Sheriff Cannon said, "The Charleston County Sheriff's Office is proud of Deputy James and of the recognition and the accomplishments of Deputy Craven and Deputy Chad Barton of the H.E.A.T. Unit for their dedicated efforts to deter, detect and apprehend individuals who are driving under the influence. "

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