SUMMERVILLE -- The Dorchester County Sheriff's Office released the name of a suspended deputy Thursday after a Freedom of Information request for records.

Deputy Jason Shrewsbury has been suspended, said Chief Deputy Sam Richardson. The deputy was suspended this week after he allegedly drove a patrol car to a bar where he drank while off duty. Richardson said he had talked with County Attorney John Frampton about the request from The Post and Courier, and the record of the suspension will be released after an internal affairs investigation is complete.

"We have absolutely no problem releasing that information," Richardson said.

Sheriff's Office commanders Wednesday said they would not release the deputy's name, but Jay Bender, an attorney for the S.C. Press Association, said the name of the suspended deputy is public record based on a state Court of Appeals decision.

The deputy was reported to be drinking at a Summerville bar over the weekend, sheriff's Maj. John Garrison said Wednesday. Driving a patrol car to a bar is a violation of department policy. Shrewsbury's gun, badge and other equipment were confiscated while the department's internal affairs division investigates the allegations, he said. The deputy has been placed on administrative leave with pay.

Shrewsbury had just graduated from the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy less than a week before the alleged incident and had yet to begin field training with the department, Garrison said. He said the deputy was off duty at the time and was not in uniform.

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