Berkeley County interim sheriff releases statement following DeWitt resignation

Berkeley County interim sheriff releases statement following DeWitt resignation

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:

“I thank Mr. DeWitt for his many years of service to our community and am hopeful that his 40 year commitment and service will be what the people of Berkeley County remember, not one mistake.

When I was sworn in as a deputy 28 years ago, I took an oath to preserve, protect and defend the constitution of the United States and the State of South Carolina.  That oath remains today as I assume the position of interim sheriff until such time as Governor Haley appoints someone to fill the vacancy.

I will continue to execute my duties, vigilantly enforce the criminal laws of the state and county and to bring punishment to those who violate them.

I will continue to lead an incredible group of deputies in serving and protecting the citizens of Berkeley County and to build upon the great relationships I already have with county employees, council and the supervisor's office to ensure the smoothest transition possible.

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.

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