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June 04, 2012
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SC officer charged with DUI in his police cruiser

Cheraw officer would not take a field sobriety test or breathalyzer

By PoliceOne Staff

CHERAW, S.C. — A police officer was fired after being charged with DUI while in his police cruiser.

Officers received a call about a suspicious car at a Chesterfield fast food restaurant early Sunday morning and upon arrival, found Cheraw Police officer David Watson in his unmarked patrol car, according to Carolina Live

Chesterfield Police Chief Eric Hewett said he was stopped as he pulled into the driveway of a home nearby and would not take a field sobriety test or breathalyzer.

Watson was arrested and taken to Chesterfield County Detention Center.

"David Watson is a fine officer and person who has made a very dangerous mistake. We deeply regret this for him, his family and friends, and this department," Cheraw Police Chief Jay Brooks said.

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