- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 5, 2016

LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) - Longtime Lexington County prosecutor Donnie Myers has been found guilty of driving under the influence.

Local media report a magistrate fined the state’s longest-serving prosecutor more than $1,000 Tuesday, rather than impose a 30-day jail sentence.

Myers announced his retirement last year, weeks after troopers found his car crashed into a utility pole, and him smelling of alcohol. Myers said he’d been run off the road, but video from a trooper’s dashcam showed him struggling to complete sobriety tests.

His lawyer says Myers was held to a higher standard because of his role as solicitor.

Myers took office in 1976. He pleaded guilty to driving while impaired in 2005 and served a year of probation. He also paid a fine after being ticketed for an open container violation in 2012.

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