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RCSD Deputy Chief arrested for DUI at Highway Patrol checkpoint

RCSD Deputy Chief arrested for DUI 10/17/17(Photo Courtesy: RCSD)

RICHLAND COUNTY, S.C. (WACH) - Richland County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Chief Samuel Berkheimer was arrested Tuesday night by the South Carolina Highway Patrol and charged with driving under the influence.

At approximately 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Troopers were conducting a safety checkpoint in Saluda County at the intersection of SC-391 and Saint Marks Church Road.

Berkheimer was arrested at this checkpoint for suspicion of driving under the influence. At the time of this incident, Berkheimer was in civilian clothes and traveling in his personal vehicle.

Sheriff Leon Lott stated that Berkheimer is the Deputy Chief of Professional Standards, Training, and Civil Process. Berkheimer is suspended without pay pending an investigation by the Richland County Sheriff’s Department Internal Affairs Unit.

For additional information on the arrest, please contact the Department of Public Safety.

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