… AND KEPT HIS JOB
|| By FITSNEWS || We wrote recently about the case of Berkeley County, S.C. Sheriff Wayne DeWitt – noting that his recent arrest for driving under the influence and fleeing the scene of an accident was just the latest example of the Palmetto State’s chronic “law enforcement lawlessness.”
Well it turns out DeWitt’s indiscretion was much worse than we initially suspected …
Media in Charleston, S.C. have finally got their mittens on the police reports (and dash cam video) from the sheriff’s December arrest … and it’s not good.
In fact we’re shocked DeWitt hasn’t been ticketed for failing to stop for blue lights in addition to the other two charges filed against him.
First of all, here’s the dash cam video …
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As you can see, the video begins with police in hot pursuit of DeWitt, whose truck had just slammed into a Nissan Sentra at 5:45 a.m. – causing extensive damage to the car and injuring the driver, a 21-year-old who was attempting to turn into a Hardee’s fast food restaurant when his vehicle was rear-ended.
In the truck with DeWitt at the time of the crash was an unopened bottle of vodka, an open container of alcohol – and a female employee of Berkeley County who is believed to be one of his alleged paramours.
The dash cam shows DeWitt weaving erratically between lanes in his government-owned Ford F-150 at a high rate of speed – running a red light, swerving around a marked police car and nearly running his vehicle off the side of the road.
“The pickup sped away at speeds in excess of 100 mph, again swerving all over the road and nearly losing control at least two additional times,” the police report from DeWitt’s arrest reads. “The driver never acknowledged his blue lights and siren.”
When DeWitt finally did pull over, he forgot to put the truck in “park” – causing the vehicle to roll forward when he took his foot off of the brake.
“Put the car in park! Put the car in park!” Hanahan, S.C. police officer Justice Jenkins screamed at DeWitt. “Put your foot on the brake!”
Eventually, two officers were able to stop the vehicle’s forward motion and remove DeWitt from the truck – at which point he failed a field sobriety test and was taken into custody.
Was DeWitt thrown in jail?
No … in fact he almost evaded arrest completely.
Rather than being booked and taken to the Berkeley County jail, DeWitt was instead taken to Charleston County’s detention center – where fellow sheriff Al Cannon put him up in an administrative office until his bond hearing.
At that point, DeWitt was released on his own recognizance.
Now … would any of that have happened to an ordinary citizen who drove drunk, crashed into another car and led the police on a high speed chase?
Hell no …
Making matters worse, The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier has attempted to impugn the integrity of Jenkins – the officer who pulled over the sheriff. According to the paper, Jenkins was fired from DeWitt’s office after being ticketed in 2012 for driving with a suspended license.
“The P&C tries to make hay out of the fact that this officer was the one who stopped Sheriff DeWitt, as if he had any input into where and when the Sheriff decided to drink and drive,” the website Charleston Thug Life noted.
Exactly … Jenkins was on his way to work when DeWitt came barreling at him on the road.
Charleston Thug Life added that the Post and Courier and other Lowcountry media outlets are “guilty of covering up the many ‘indiscretions’ of Sheriff DeWitt.”
“The only reason they are reporting on this incident is because a Hanahan officer had the courage to detain the Sheriff and a Trooper had the courage to arrest him,” the website concluded. “Once that arrest was made it was very difficult for the Lowcountry ‘news’ people to ignore it.”
Law enforcement exists to safeguard our lives, property and liberty. And the media exist to hold law enforcement accountable. Unless of course you live in South Carolina, in which case all bets are off.