SC Highway Patrol Commander Focus Of SLED Investigation

Captain Stacy Craven subject of ongoing inquiry …

Two months ago, this news outlet exclusively reported that agents of the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) were looking into the November 2014 arrest of a prominent supporter of Clemson University – an arrest involving officers of the S.C. Highway Patrol (SCHP).

This week, a staff report from WSPA TV-7 (CBS – Greenville/ Spartanburg, S.C.) revealed SCHP captain Stacy Craven was the focus of “an open investigation” by SLED.

Craven is commander of SCHP’s troop three, which oversees the operations in Anderson, Greenville, Oconee, Pickens and Spartanburg counties.

Is the “open investigation” into Craven tied to our reporting from May?

Yes, according to our sources …

“The investigations are one (and) the same,” a law enforcement source familiar with the situation confirmed to us shortly after the WSPA report ran.

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(Via: Provided)

As we noted in our original coverage, on November 29, 2014 Stanley Roy Riggins of Charlotte, N.C. – the brother of former Clemson board member David P. Riggins – was detained for allegedly driving under the influence (DUI) and committing a liquor law violation at around 6:05 p.m. EST on S.C. Highway 93 at Centennial Boulevard in Clemson, S.C.

According to an incident report obtained by this news outlet, Riggins was arrested on suspicion of DUI “stemming from a fight that had occurred after the Clemson/ Carolina football game.”

“Riggins … became aggrivated (sic) by a pedestrian who, he states, would not move out of his way,” the report noted. “He states that he then stopped his Land Rover, got out, and confronted him.”

During this confrontation, Riggins claimed to have been “shoved to the ground” prior to the pedestrian fleeing the scene.

After allegedly failing a field sobriety test, Riggins was taken into custody and transported to the Pickens County, S.C. detention center – where the SCHP incident report indicated he was offered (and refused) a breathalyzer examination.

There is no record of any charge being filed against him in connection with this incident, however.

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(Via: Pickens County Detention Center)

So … what happened at the detention center? We do not know. Also, our sources at both SLED and the S.C. Department of Public Safety (SCDPS) – which oversees SCHP – have been very quiet about this case.

“The investigation is reportedly focused on SCHP’s handling – or rather its alleged ‘mishandling’ – of this incident,” we noted in our May report.

What does that mean, though? Our sources have not elaborated …

This news outlet is continuing to dig on this case in an effort to uncover more specific information about the nature of the SLED inquiry. In the event we come upon such information, we will be sure to pass it along to our readers.

In the meantime, one of the most senior commanders in the SCHP will remain under a serious cloud.



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