Court documents: DeWitt's driver's license to remain suspended

Court documents: DeWitt's driver's license to remain suspended

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Newly-obtained court documents show former Berkeley County Sheriff Wayne DeWitt's suspended driver's license will not be reinstated for now.

A court document released Monday states DeWitt's attorney withdrew the request for a hearing that sought to have DeWitt's driving privileges restored. That withdrawal thereby waived DeWitt's right to challenge the suspension, the document states.

DeWitt was arrested on Dec. 28 on DUI charges. After his arrest, DeWitt refused to take a breathalyzer test and automatically lost his driver's license, authorities say.

In February, Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson announced three Grand Jury indictments against DeWitt, which included driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to stop for a blue light.

DeWitt faces a fine and court assessments of up to $997 or not less than 48 hours and not more than 30 days in jail for the DUI charge if convicted.  The court may provide for 48 hours of public service time in lieu of jail time. The penalty for leaving the scene of an accident upon conviction is up to a year in prison and a fine of between $100 and $5,000 or both. The charge of failure to stop for a blue light is at least a $500 fine or between 90 days to three years in prison if convicted.

Amid multiple protests and criticism, DeWitt resigned from office in early February, apologizing for his arrest.

"In the end, I know and understand the entire situation is the product of my own failures," DeWitt said in a statement at the time of his resignation. "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."

Later that month, C.W. "Butch" Henerey was sworn in as interim sheriff.

A special primary election is scheduled for April 21 to decide who will be the next sheriff of the county.

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