Video released of Berkeley Co. Sheriff making call following arrest

Video released of Berkeley Co. Sheriff making call following arrest

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Authorities have released video and audio of a phone call the Berkeley County Sheriff made after an arrest for drinking and driving.

In the SC Highway Patrol video it appears Dewitt is in the front of a trooper's patrol car speaking to someone on speaker phone.

An unidentified woman is heard asking DeWitt where he is.

During the call, the sheriff tells the woman that he will be unable to pick up "Bennie" to which the woman is unfamiliar with.

The video clip is one of numerous videos released by the South Carolina Highway Patrol on Monday regarding a traffic stop in Hanahan on Dec. 28.

DeWitt, who was sworn in for a new term of office on Sunday, released the following statement Monday afternoon regarding the incident.

"First of all let me begin by stating I am deeply sorry for the embarrassment my recent conduct has caused the citizens of Berkeley County and the employees of the Sheriff's Office. I know I have greatly disappointed my family, my friends, my staff and constituents. I accept full responsibility for my conduct. I will accept whatever outcome the judicial process determines to be appropriate. In the meantime, I intend to devote my best efforts to discharging the duties of the office of the Sheriff of Berkeley County and restoring the public's trust in me. "

According to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office Policy and Procedure Manual on alcoholic beverages, prescription medication and drugs, the use of alcohol during off-duty hours is prohibited to the extent that it negatively affects job performance or reflects a negative public image.

"Agency personnel identified for substance abuse by drug testing or refusing to submit to drug testing are subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment," the manual states.

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