N. Charleston Police fires officer facing DUI charge

Updated: Jan. 13, 2021 at 3:07 PM EST
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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The North Charleston Police Department confirmed Wednesday afternoon it has terminated an officer accused of driving under the influence and other charges.

Edward Jerome Clemens was charged with driving under the influence by the South Carolina Highway Patrol and leaving the scene of an accident by the Moncks Corner Police Department.

North Charleston Deputy Police Chief Scott Deckard said his agency terminated Clemens, who had served as an officer with NCPD for five years.

Highway Patrol Trooper Tyler Tidwell says troopers responded to a crash on Seven Oaks Drive in Berkeley County at 1:50 p.m. Tuesday.

When they arrived, Tidwell says authorities found Clemens in the drivers seat of a Chevy Truck that had hit two parked vehicles. Clemens was subsequently arrested and Tidwell says he was booked and charged with driving under the influence.

The Moncks Corner Police Department said the leaving the scene of a crash charge stems from an incident on Silver Moss Drive.

According to a report, a person showed Moncks Corner Police a video of a car driving off the road and hitting her mailbox. Police say they later identified the driver as Clemens, but he was taken into custody by Highway Patrol and the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Officer for a separate incident.

Clemens has been booked in the Berkeley County Detention Center.

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