BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Gov. Nikki Haley accepted the resignation of Berkeley County Sheriff Wayne DeWitt "effective immediately" Wednesday afternoon.
DeWitt resigned from office and apologized again for his December arrest in connection to a hit-and-run in Berkeley County.
DeWitt announced his resignation and released the following statement Tuesday afternoon:
In my recent public statement I apologized for my well-publicized conduct of December 28, 2014. I reiterate how sorry I am for my actions and the poor choices I made.
Because of the magnitude of the decision and its implications I have taken some time to honestly assess the situation with the singular goal of "doing what is right and what is honorable". I have done much private soul searching.
In the end, I know and understand the entire situation is the product of my own failures. As an elected official, as Sheriff and as a person, I recognize that I must be held accountable. I have concluded that in light of the cloud on the Office of Sheriff of Berkeley County resulting from my conduct on December 28th, I can no longer be an effective public servant regardless of how the legal process unfolds.
I am convinced that the best way to begin to restore the public trust is for me to resign from the Office of Sheriff of Berkeley County. By letters to the appropriate officials I am tendering my resignation effective immediately.
I want to thank the citizens of Berkeley County for the honor of serving you as your Sheriff for many years.
"The offices will continue to run effectively in serving the people of Berkeley County and give them the best protection, " said Berkeley County Chief Deputy Rick Ollic who is now the acting sheriff of the county.
Dewitt was arrested in Hanahan on charges of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident on Dec. 28, 2014.
Hanahan Police Department officers reported to the SC Highway Patrol, the arresting agency, that DeWitt nearly lost control of his truck several times and sped away at speeds of 100 mph.
Dash came video related to the incident showed a truck driven by DeWitt
, police officers
after it began to roll following a traffic stop, a trooper
DeWitt, who was sworn in for a new term on Jan. 4, released the following statement on Jan. 5 regarding the incident.
Haley said the office of sheriff is deemed "vacated" and that seat would be filled "in the manner according to law."
Berkeley County Chief Rick Ollic will take over until a special election is held for the position. Gov. Haley also has the right to appoint a replacement.