Deputy Chief of Richland Sheriff’s Department Busted for DUI by S. C. Highway Patrol
RICHLAND COUNTY, S.C. — A Richland County Sheriff’s senior official was accused of driving under the influence and was arrested on Oct. 17, 2017.
Richland County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Chief Samuel Berkheimer was in his personal vehicle and in civilian clothes when he was stopped by S.C. Highway Patrol troopers at a safety checkpoint in Saluda
County, S.C., according to a news release from Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott.
The incident took place in Saluda County at the intersection of S.C. 391 and Saint Marks Church Road around 10:30 p.m., the release stated. Berkheimer was suspended without pay, while the Richland County Sheriff’s Department Internal Affairs Unit conducts an investigation.
Deputy Chief Berkheimer oversees the professional standards functions of the Richland Sheriff’s Department.