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Deputy fired after DUI charge

Posted: July 7, 2015 6:22 p.m.
Updated: July 8, 2015 1:00 a.m.

Mitchell DeBruhl

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews relieved a Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office deputy of duty following the officer’s arrest by the S.C. Highway Patrol (SCHP) on July 4 for driving under the influence (DUI).

According to a SCHP report, Mitchell DeBruhl, 47, of Camden, crashed his 1994 Ford SUV around 10 p.m. July 4 on Carl Horton Road, approximately 10 miles north of Camden. In its report, the SCHP said DeBruhl drove off the right side of the road, overcorrected and drove off the left side, overturning in a ditch. The report indicated he was wearing his seatbelt, was trapped inside the vehicle for a short time, but extricated.

The SCHP said DeBruhl was taken by ambulance to an area hospital where he consented to a blood test, the results of which are pending.

Matthews said the charge against DeBruhl is grounds for immediate dismissal.

“All of us in law enforcement wince when an officer is arrested. This arrest is particularly saddening because Deputy DeBruhl was one of our own. My deputies know that I hold all of them to a high standard. The highway patrol did what they were supposed to do and were obligated to charge him with DUI,” Matthews said. “It gave me no satisfaction to terminate his employment. My best wishes are with him and his family.”


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