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Lexington prosecutor won't seek re-election after DUI arrest

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A South Carolina prosecutor recently charged with his third-alcohol related offense is not seeking re-election.

Lexington County prosecutor Donnie Myers said in a news release Wednesday he will not run again for the office to which he was first elected in 1976. Myers' current term expires in January and he reaches mandatory retirement in December of next year.

"It has been an absolute privilege and pleasure serving as the Solicitor of the 11th Judicial Circuit of South Carolina for over 40 years. I will be forever grateful to the many people who have given me this highest honor and extend to all of you a wholehearted thank you," Myers said in a statement.

In that statement Myers said he would have to retire after only serving 11 more months, therefore 'common sense' dictates that he doesn't seek reelection.

Officials including Gov. Nikki Haley have called on the 70-year-old Myers to resign after a driving under the influence arrest last month. Officers say his car crashed into a utility pole and video shows him struggling to complete sobriety tests.

The solicitor is not seeking reelection even though an opinion released Wednesday said the governor could not remove Myers until he was indicted by a grand jury.

Myers pleaded guilty to drunken driving in 2005 and served probation. He also paid a fine after being ticketed for an open container violation in 2012.

Currently Republican Rich Hubbard has filed to run for 11th Circuit Solicitor, according to the state election commission's website.

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