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SC Officer Arrested for DUI

SC Officer Arrested for DUI


Associated Press

January 16, 2011

HORRY COUNTY, SC – An Horry County police officer was arrested early Saturday morning and charged with driving under the influence.

John William Parker, 49, of Murrells Inlet, was booked in to J. Reuben Long Detention Center at 3:38 a.m. Saturday, according to detention center records.

Cpl. Paul Brouthers of the Highway Patrol said Parker was arrested during a traffic stop on Glenns Bay Road in Horry County around 12:21 a.m. Saturday.

He said Parker was transported to the Surfside Beach Police Department, the nearest place to administer a blood alcohol test.

But he said that on the way to the police department Parker began complaining of a medical issue. An ambulance was called to the parking lot of the police department, and Parker was taken to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center and then to the detention center.

Parker’s bail was set at $1,000 this morning by a judge at the jail. But the judge gave Parker a personal recognizance bond, meaning he didn’t need to pay any money to be released.

Horry County Police Chief Johnny Morgan said Parker will be suspended without pay until his case is resolved. He said that is the department’s standard procedure.

Morgan said he did not have any information on Parker’s history with the department.

Parker’s first court hearing is scheduled for Feb. 7.

The last time an Horry County officer was arrested was on Jan. 28, 2010. Nick Petrone was arrested on charges of criminal domestic violence after being accused of firing a shot during an argument with his wife.

Petrone was suspended without pay after the incident. The case is still pending, according to 15th Judicial Circuit records.

Horry County Police spokesman Sgt. Robert Kegler said Petrone is no longer with the Horry County Police Department but he did not know the circumstances under which Petrone left.

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