COLUMBIA, S.C. - A deputy Lexington County coroner has been charged with driving under the influence and open container.

West Columbia police tell local media outlets they got a call Tuesday afternoon about a driver being asleep at the wheel.

Police say they found Deputy Coroner Barry Wright sleeping in a county-owned SUV in the middle of a road. An officer woke up Wright and saw a cold, open beer in the cup holder.

Officers say Wright stumbled, slurred his words and declined field sobriety tests. He told officers any beers found in his car shouldn't be thrown away because they were "from a death scene." But authorities also found two receipts for beer purchased that day.

Records show Wright has been released from jail and list no attorney for him.