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Former Berkeley Co. Sheriff sentenced for DUI

Wayne DeWitt (Photo Source: Berkeley Co. Detention Center) Wayne DeWitt (Photo Source: Berkeley Co. Detention Center)
Former Berkeley Sheriff Wayne DeWitt (left) with his attorneys. (Photo Source: Live 5) Former Berkeley Sheriff Wayne DeWitt (left) with his attorneys. (Photo Source: Live 5)
BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) -

The former Berkeley County Sheriff was sentenced Monday in connection with the DUI case that eventually led to his resignation.

Wayne DeWitt pleaded guilty to DUI and failure to comply with law enforcement and was sentenced to three years probation, 60 hours of community service and two Alcoholics Anonymous meetings per week.

"I can't apologize enough," DeWitt said in front of the courtroom Monday. "My actions have caused embarrassment to my family, friends and citizens of this county."

The charge of failure to comply with law enforcement had been reduced from a charge of failure to stop for blue lights. A third charge of leaving scene of accident was dropped.

Prosecutors say Dewitt underwent alcohol abuse treatment at MUSC as well as counseling since he resigned as sheriff in February, 2015 following an incident just before New Year's Day.

Dewitt was arrested in Hanahan on Dec. 28, 2014 on charges of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident. 

Hanahan Police Department officers reported to the SC Highway Patrol, the arresting agency, that DeWitt nearly lost control of his truck several times and sped away at speeds of 100 mph. 

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.  

The Berkeley County Grand Jury indicted DeWitt on three charges on Feb. 10, 2015. 

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