Dorchester County Sheriff’s deputy charged with DUI

Provided Dorchester County Sheriff’s Deputy Furman Israel Brown, 27, was booked Wednesday morning at the Berkeley County jail on one count of DUI.

State Highway Patrol troopers on Wednesday arrested a Dorchester County Sheriff’s deputy suspected of driving under the influence.

Furman Israel Brown, 27, was booked shortly after 8 a.m. at the Berkeley County jail on one count of DUI, less than .10 percent, jail records show.

Authorities received a call at 7:41 a.m. about a Toyota pickup in a ditch on Slate Stone Drive near Farmington Road in Berkeley County, Senior Trooper Hannah Wimberly said. A man, identified as Brown, was seen lying in the ditch roughly 100 yards away from the truck, which was stuck, she said.

“He attempted to walk down the road and didn’t make it very far,” Wimberly said.

Berkeley County sheriff’s deputies detained the man until Highway Patrol troopers arrived.

Brown failed a field sobriety test and appeared “grossly intoxicated,” Wimberly said. He refused to take a breathalyzer test once at the jail.

Authorities don’t know how long Brown was in the ditch.

“As soon as the sun came up this morning, we started getting calls,” Wimberly said.

No injuries were reported.

Brown has been suspended from the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office without pay pending an internal investigation, a sheriff’s official said. Brown had been assigned to the office’s patrol division.

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