BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Acting Berkeley County Sheriff Rick Ollic released a statement on Thursday following the resignation of Wayne DeWitt.
Ollic thanked DeWitt, who resigned on Wednesday, for his service, and said that he would continue to lead the sheriff's office in serving and protecting the citizens of Berkeley County.
Ollic issued the following statement on his first day after assuming the duties of sheriff:
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.
In the early morning hours of Dec. 28, a Highway Patrol trooper responded to the Hardees parking lot on Red Bank Road after a car was struck by a truck. When the trooper arrived on scene he reported that the victim's vehicle had received "severe rear end damage."
The victim said he was slowing down when his vehicle was struck in the rear. The trooper eventually located DeWitt, who allegedly hit the victim's car, on Bankton Circle where Hanahan police officers had stopped him.
Dash came video related to the incident showed a truck driven by DeWitt weaving in and out of lanes, police officers jumping into DeWitt's truck after it began to roll following a traffic stop, a trooper questioning DeWitt on the incident and authorities administering field sobriety tests.