WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. (08/21/2014) – A deputy coroner with the Lexington County Coroner’s Office has been arrested on DUI charges.
Barry Wright was arrested on August 19, 2014, on driving under the influence charges and accused of having an open 24-ounce beer in his vehicle.
According to an incident report, Wright was found asleep at the wheel of his county-owned Ford Explorer shortly before 5 p.m. on Tuesday. The report goes on to say the car was still running and parked in the middle of Kleckley Drive. A West Columbia police officer knocked on the window to wake up Wright.
Authorities say Wright told the officer he had consumed “one beer” and when asked about the open beer in his car, Wright responded, “I thought I was at the house.”
Officers say Wright stumbled, ….MORE
According to an incident report, Wright was found asleep behind the wheel of a county-owned Ford Explorer around 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday. The car, which was still running, was parked in the middle of Kleckley Drive, the report said.
Officers from the West Columbia Police Department knocked on the window to wake Wright and then spotted an open beer can inside the SUV. The beer was “cold to the touch,” said the report.
At that point, the report said, Wright exited his car but stumbled and had trouble walking to the rear of the vehicle to meet the officer so the two could talk. The officer noted Wright smelled of alcohol and was slurring his speech.
“[The officer] asked Mr. Wright his name and he responded ‘Barry Wright, I’m with the coroner’s office.’ I asked Mr. Wright how much he had to drink and he responded, ‘one beer,'” said the report. “While I spoke with him, he further told me that he bought the Icehouse on the way home, but didn’t know how it was opened.” MORE