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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.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    I think this article shows the true nature to the public that LE's are human and can make mistakes. There is no such thing as a "Supercop" who deflects bullets off his/her chest, can race up a 10 story building in no time flat and doesn't get scared from time to time. This poor guy probably made a bad decision and now will have to face the consequences for his actions just like the rest of the public. Though it is sad that a cop had to break the law i believe he can make light of this by apoligizing publicly to his department and community and letting everyone know that even the police can make a mistake. It is what makes us human.

  • Fallenherobadge-3-1_max50_max50


    over 3 years ago



  • Forethought_normal_max50


    over 3 years ago


    To answer Robocop's question, I can truthfully say that I've NEVER driven, while under the influence. It's easy....don't drink alcolhol, which is nothing more than a (legal) drug which is abused by way too many. A few weeks ago, a police officer and deputy sheriff from Berks County, PA killed himself while driving drunk. He was more than three times the legal the limit.

  • Mourning_badge_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Another Law enforcement brother that made a very wrong choice. I've seen this happen more times than I care to remember and I still get angry with the Officers for assuming that they are above the law or if apprehended they will not be arrested. If it is wrong for a private citizen then it is wrong for the Officer as well. Hopefully this Officers bad decision will cause some other Officer or citizen to call a cab, call a friend, sleep it off in a parking lot, or do anything else that will ensure the safety of Citizens and Officers while protecting his honor and his job.

  • 1979_max50


    over 3 years ago


    DUI is very serious and I believe with all my heart that you should not turn your back on anyone that is caught driving DUI, including a brother LEO. That said I also believe that being arrested for DUI should not completely destroy a LE career. How many of us can truthfully say that they have never been over the limit and driven a vehicle including before they became a LEO? Understand that if you drink more than three drinks you may well have been over the legal limit. Maybe some guy was watching the football game with his buds or even having a backyard BBQ with a couple of beers. Never felt in the least that he was close to DUI and did not feel buzzed at all. I am not excusing it but instead pointing out tat unless you flat just do not drink. Maybe suspension for a month without pay and assignment to desk duty for 11 months of until they get their DL back and a alcoholic exam to determine if they have a more serious problem.. Now if he/she gets a second DUI, gone, period.

  • Carbon_1_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Nobody is above the Law.

  • In_remembrance_of_oakland_pd_max50_max50_max50_max50_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Bad decision making brought on by alcohol. I believe the chief is right in taking a hard line for this bad behavior. This will most likely cost him his career.

  • Img_0103_max50


    over 3 years ago


    "BIG BUMP..!!"cakdep1

    Well said sir...Well said indeed..!!!

  • Img_0103_max50


    over 3 years ago



    But just looking into the eyes of this Officer, one can only imagine the shame and sinking feeling of hopelessness that he must have experienced, during this shameful episode of his career. I hope and pray that he gets the help that he needs to deal with what ever led him to this fateful decision... I pray that this once fellow lawman can somehow survive this, and be restored.

  • Imag0250_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Hate to say it but looks like Horry County has an opening coming soon.......enforce the law don't break it

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    Just b/c you are a cop does't mean you are immune to Prosecution for doing something stupid.... What a shameful fall from glory

  • Herosonpatrol_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Don't break the law you are sworn to uphold... bad move... bad decision & makes LE look bad to boot.

  • Pro_max50


    over 3 years ago


    This is another black eye. Although this does not justify his actions, what I will say is "criminals" don't get DUI's. I've found that it is possible for ANYONE to get a DUI just to poor decision making. He needs to move on, put what he has done in the past, and pay the consequences. From there, learn from his mistakes, and maybe consider finding another field of work if he can't obey the laws he enforces.

  • Pic-0246_max50


    over 3 years ago


    not a good move

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    Another bad decision and making LE look bad. Too bad.

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