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      Columbia police officer arrested and charged with DUI

      A Columbia police officer has been arrested and charged with DUI.

      COLUMBIA (WACH) - A Columbia police officer has been arrested and charged with DUI.

      According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, at 2 a.m. Sunday, Columbia Police Officers saw a vehicle stopped at a light near Garners Ferry Road and Leesburg Road. When officers approached the vehicle they found 34-year-old officer Michael Watson, asleep behind the wheel.

      Officers then contacted the South Carolina Highway Patrol and Watson was arrested and charged with driving under the influence.

      According to a Columbia Police Department spokesperson, Watson was off duty, driving a personal vehicle. He has been suspended without pay pending outcome of the Highway Patrol's investigation.