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Southern Charm Saga: Kathryn Dennis Arrested For DUI

Former Bravo TV star, South Carolina political scion charged following three-car collision in Goose Creek …

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South Carolina reality television star Kathryn Dennis – scion of two of the Palmetto State’s most celebrated political dynasties – was arrested in the aftermath of a three-car collision on Monday evening in Goose Creek, S.C.

Dennis, 32, was charged by officers of the Goose Creek police department with first offense driving under the influence (DUI) and driving with an open container of alcohol after allegedly rear-ending a vehicle at a stoplight just before midnight. She was booked at the Berkeley County detention center and subsequently released on a $257.50 personal recognizance bond.

Dennis has been ordered to appear at the Goose Creek municipal court at 9:00 a.m. EDT on June 4, 2024 to formally answer to the charges filed against her.

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Kathryn Dennis (Berkeley County Detention Center)

News of Dennis’ arrest was first reported by TMZ. According to the outlet, a responding officer described Dennis as having “glossy eyes and an odor of alcohol coming from her person.”

An incident report (.pdf) subsequently obtained by this media outlet, Goose Creek officers arrived at the intersection of U.S. Highway 52 and Stephanie Drive in response to “a motor vehicle collision with injury.” Upon arriving on the scene, bystanders “stated that Kathryn Dennis was possibly impaired” and told police they “could smell the odor of alcohol emanating from (her) person.”

At that point, officers observed Dennis as allegedly having “glossy eyes” and also smelled “an odor consistent with the odor of alcoholic beverages emanating from her” – despite her telling officers she had not had anything to drink that evening.

Dennis declined medical attention, at which point she submitted to a field sobriety test – which she did not pass.

After being placed under arrest, Dennis’ vehicle was searched and officers “located several mini bottles of Fireball, some of which were opened and empty.” Dennis declined to submit to a breathalyzer examination, although she later acknowledged having consumed alcohol “way earlier” in the evening.

Dennis was later transported to a regional hospital where, according to officers, she “could not recall when the collision happened.”

As Palmetto State residents are well aware, Dennis traces her lineage back to prominent Palmetto politicos including S.C Senate president Rembert Dennis and former U.S. vice president John C. Calhoun. She became a household name across the country after starring on Bravo TV’s Southern Charm – a Charleston, S.C.-based reality television show.

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Dennis first appeared on the show as a love interest of its original male protagonist, Thomas Ravenel. In fact, the combustible nature of the Dennis-Ravenel relationship fueled Southern Charm’s rise – and made both of them superstars. After her first season on the show, Bravo elevated Dennis to the role of a full-time cast member – a position she held for eight seasons.

Dennis has reportedly battled drugs and depression in the aftermath of her Southern Charm success. Last year, she lost a contentious battle with Ravenel over the custody of their two children – eight-year-old Kensington Calhoun Ravenel and six-year-old St. Julien Rembert Ravenel.

The charges filed against Dennis on Monday do not represent the full extent of her legal woes. The statuesque, redheaded diva remains at the heart of an ongoing investigation into a vehicular hit-and-run that injured a Lowcountry sheriff’s deputy in October. As we previously reported, a vehicle registered to Dennis struck the officer as she was directing traffic outside of Whitesville Elementary School in Moncks Corner, S.C. at approximately 7:30 a.m. EDT on the morning of October 20, 2023. Dennis’ 2022 Ford Bronco was then allegedly observed leaving the scene of the crash – with “a white female with dirty blonde hair” behind the wheel.

No charges have been filed in connection with that incident.

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THE REPORT …

(Goose Creek Police Department)

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR …

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Will Folks is the founding editor of the news outlet you are currently reading. Prior to founding FITSNews, he served as press secretary to the governor of South Carolina and before that he was a bass guitarist and dive bar bouncer. He lives in the Midlands region of the state with his wife and eight children.

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The Colonel Top fan May 21, 2024 at 9:17 pm

Why does anyone care? Just another BIQ being a BIQ (Bimbo in Question).

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Dennis the Menace to Society May 22, 2024 at 8:45 am

I feel bad for the kids. It’s always sad to see sperm/egg donors who care more about themselves and their addictions than their own kids.

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The Colonel Top fan May 22, 2024 at 9:18 am

I think T-Rav has custody, like that’s an improvement…

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Southern Harm May 22, 2024 at 8:31 am

You can take the trash out of the trailer…

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SubZeroIQ May 22, 2024 at 6:37 pm

Sure FITS, a mere $257.50 for a red-headed over-made-up Barbie is A-Okay with you and her retired-judge uncle.
She is MUCH more dangerous to the public than those presumed-innocent black males you want warehoused WITHOUT TRIAL and under millions of dollars of bond.
Your hypocrisy might not even let this post through; but we shall, God willing, see.

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Teddi May 24, 2024 at 10:44 am

All she had to do was get an Uber ot call a friend or family member to take her drunk ass home. This is how many wrecks for the racist, entitled “Diva?”

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