Judge sets former Berkeley Co. sheriff's trial date

Judge sets former Berkeley Co. sheriff's trial date

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Former Berkeley County Sheriff Wayne DeWitt could be facing trial in early October. A judge has set a tentative Oct. 5 trial date for the case.

DeWitt is accused of rear-ending a car on Dec. 28 while driving a county-owned pick-up truck. According to the South Carolina Fiscal Accountability Authority, the insurance settlement totaled more than $12,000 for the victim's damaged vehicle, and $149,000 for bodily injury.

But the SCFAA reported no damage claim for the county-owned Ford pick-up truck. Berkeley County spokesman Michael Mulé says there were minimal damages to the truck DeWitt was driving.

After the accident, Hanahan Police Department officers reported to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the arresting agency, that DeWitt nearly lost control of his truck several times and sped away at speeds of 100 miles per hour.

A Berkeley County Grand Jury indicted DeWitt in February on charges of Driving Under the Influence, Leaving the Scene of an Accident and Failure to stop for a Blue Light.

DeWitt resigned from the sheriff's job in January, apologizing for his conduct and "poor choices."

DeWitt's attorney, Gedney Howe, says while the court has set that date, the case may not be heard at that time.

"It's just pending," Howe said.

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