- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 4, 2015

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Berkeley County Sheriff Wayne DeWitt has resigned after being charged in December with drunken driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

The county announced on its social media sites that DeWitt submitted his resignation Wednesday.

Authorities say DeWitt drove more than 100 mph, ignored a red light and nearly lost control of his county pickup truck following a hit-and-run accident Dec. 28. An incident report said DeWitt’s truck hit the rear of another vehicle, causing $7,000 damage before speeding off. The other driver was examined at a hospital.

DeWitt was first elected in 1994. He initially refused to step down, but released a statement saying his resignation was the best way to restore public trust.

DeWitt was sworn in for a new term one week after the incident.

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