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Report: Settlement for former sheriff's crash totals more than $160K

The accident occurred on Dec. 28, 2014. (Photo Source: Live 5) The accident occurred on Dec. 28, 2014. (Photo Source: Live 5)
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BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) -

The insurance settlement for a crash involving former Berkeley County Sheriff Wayne DeWitt totals more than $160,000, according to state records.

DeWitt faces three charges in connection from a Dec. 28 accident in which he was accused of rear-ending a 2012 Nissan, then leaving the scene.

According to the State Fiscal Accountability Authority, the insurance settlement was $12,221 for property damage and $149,000 for bodily injury, for a total of $161,221.  

A Berkeley County Grand Jury indicted him on charges of driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident, and failure to stop for a blue light. 

Dewitt resigned after the accident, and apologized for what he called his “well-publicized conduct.”   
 
The potential penalties for the charges DeWitt faces are as follows:

  • Driving Under the Influence: $400 or not less than 48 hours nor more than 30 days; in lieu of the 48 hour minimum imprisonment, the court may provide for 48 hours of public service employment;
  • Leaving the Scene of an Accident: not more than 1 year or fined not less than $100 nor more than $5,000, or both; and
  • Failure to Stop for Blue Light: not less than $500 or 90 days to 3 years.

The claim was paid by the American Southern Insurance Company.

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