- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (AP) - Former Berkeley County Sheriff Wayne DeWitt has pleaded guilty to DUI and failure to comply with police in connection with a 2014 drunken-driving arrest.

DeWitt was sentenced Monday to three years of probation and ordered to serve 60 hours of community service and attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, news media outlets reported. A 30-day jail sentence was suspended on each charge.

DeWitt was arrested in December 2014 for leaving an accident scene, failure to stop for blue lights and DUI. He was driving his county-owned pickup in the early morning hours when he rear-ended a car near Goose Creek, causing $7,000 in damage, according to an incident report. The car’s driver was not seriously hurt.

Its lights flashing, a Hanahan police cruiser pulled behind him after he left the crash site. According to the police report, his pickup reached 108 mph in the two minutes and 2 miles that passed before he pulled over.

DeWitt left the pickup in gear when he got out to meet with officers. A policeman jumped on the Ford and stopped it from rolling farther ahead. DeWitt later swayed and stumbled during a field sobriety test.

“I made a very grave mistake, very costly,” he said after the proceeding, “but I came to court today to be held accountable for my actions.”

DeWitt added that he had attended an alcohol rehabilitation program and has been sober for nine months.

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