Sheriff Deputy Fired After DUI Arrest

An Aiken, SC County Sheriff's deputy has been terminated following his DUI arrest on June 20th. Scott Baynham, 29, of North Augusta, had worked for over six years with the sheriff's office, according to Sheriff's Office spokesman Troy Elwell. Baynham was arrested at 3:30 a.m. while he was traveling through the town of Wagener, according to the town's police chief, Jeff Key.

 

A Wagener police officer stopped the motorist for speeding, and, during the course of the traffic stop, reported smelling alcohol on the driver, said Key.  "The officer requested that he submit to several field sobriety tests, and, upon not satisfactorily completing them, he was charged with DUI," the police chief said.  He was not on duty and was in his personal vehicle during the traffic stop. Key said the driver refused to provide a breath sample.  Because of his refusal, his license was automatically suspended for six months in accordance with South Carolina DUI laws.

 

He was terminated by the sheriff's office immediately after the arrest, Elwell said. "We are paid to enforce the law, and when we violate the law, we have to suffer the same consequences as everyone else," Elwell added.

 

Source: Aiken Standard. "Sheriff's Office Fires Deputy After DUI Arrest."

 

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