DUI charge against Charleston County sheriff’s deputy reduced to reckless driving

Photo credit: Provided Photo cutline: Nicholas Robert Wagner

A Charleston municipal court judge dropped down a DUI charge against a Charleston County sheriff’s deputy to reckless driving at a recent bench trial.

Nicholas Wagner, 37, had been scheduled to appear in court May 24. Instead, he answered to the charge quietly on May 17 and paid the $445 reckless driving fine on May 23.

Charleston police arrested Wagner after he smashed into the Interstate 526 West on-ramp at U.S. Highway 17 around 2 a.m. on May 5, an incident report says. Wagner was off duty and driving a personal vehicle at the time of the wreck, according to sheriff’s officials.

A witness called in the crash after watching a white Lexus SUV crash into the guardrail, the report said. A Charleston police officer noted that the Lexus was totaled and that Wagner “smelled of an alcoholic beverage, had glassy eyes, slurred speech, and he swayed as he walked,” according to the report.

No one was injured in the collision.

Supervisors placed Wagner on administrative leave without pay. The personnel investigation into Wagner’s alleged drunken driving remains open, according to sheriff’s Maj. Jim Brady.

Read more in Wednesday’s editions of The Post and Courier.

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