Quantcast
Connect with us

South Carolina sheriff could escape charges in DUI crash because he wasn’t arrested by coroner

Published

on

A South Carolina sheriff was released on personal recognizance after he allegedly wrecked his county-owned pickup into another vehicle while drunk and then drove away.

Berkeley County Sheriff Wayne DeWitt was arrested early Sunday and charged with drunken driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

However, Magistrate James Polk said the arrest may have been illegal because it was made by a Highway Patrol trooper, rather than the county coroner.

ADVERTISEMENT

State law grants only county coroners the authority to arrest county sheriffs, so Polk questioned whether he had the authority to set bond for the 63-year-old DeWitt and released him from jail.

It’s not clear whether DeWitt’s attorney will attempt to have the charges thrown out.

Attorney Robert Wyndham declined to make any arguments during the bond hearing Sunday, saying he would wait until DeWitt’s next court appearance, scheduled for Feb. 11.

The victim in the crash, 21-year-old Robert Gonzalez, was treated and released from an area hospital, but no additional information was available about his injuries.

Dorchester County Coroner Christ Nisbet said the sheriff’s arrest was not improper under a law he deemed as “archaic.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Nisbet said the law was passed before the formation of the Highway Patrol, and he said the statute should be amended to allow any law enforcement officers to arrest a sheriff.

The Highway Patrol claims statewide jurisdiction to make arrests without limitation.

South Carolina law grants Highway Patrol troopers the same authority to make arrests as sheriffs and deputy sheriffs, although the statute does not reference coroners.

ADVERTISEMENT


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

America’s millionaires just stopped paying into Social Security for the rest of 2020

Published

on

On Wednesday, not even two full months into 2020, millionaires will stop paying into Social Security for the year due to the program's payroll tax cap.

The cap limits annual wages subject to the Social Security payroll tax to the first $137,700. Sarah Rawlins, program associate at the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), wrote Tuesday that the cap means "someone who makes $1,000,000 per year stops paying into the program on February 19, 2020."

"That makes a millionaire's effective tax rate well below the 6.2% of income that most Americans pay," Rawlins noted. "Instead, it is less than 1% of a millionaire's income. The Social Security tax is only levied on wages, excluding income from other sources like capital gains, meaning those with wages over the cap likely have an effective tax rate even lower than this estimate."

Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

DOJ puts out bizarre late-night statement: AG Bill Barr ‘has no plans to resign’

Published

on

The Department of Justice put out a statement Tuesday evening denying that Attorney General Bill Barr would be resigning from office.

Kerri Kupec, the director of communications and public affairs at DOJ, issued the statement at 10:28 p.m. in Washington, DC.

"Addressing Beltway rumors: The Attorney General has no plans to resign," Kupec announced.

The denial came after a Washington Post report that Barr was considering quitting if Trump continues to tweet about active investigations.

Continue Reading
 

2020 Election

‘She’s your damn senator’: Emerson College blasted for leaving Elizabeth Warren out of 2020 poll

Published

on

Emerson College was blasted for leaving their own senator out of head-to-head matchups in their latest nationwide poll.

The poll showed four candidates with double-digit support. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) measured at 29%, former Vice President Joe Biden was at 22%, former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg was at 14% and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) came in at 12%.

But the poll did not even test Warren in head-to-head matchups with Trump.

Continue Reading
 
 
close-image