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FAC executive director arrested for DUI

Posted: July 5, 2018 4:10 p.m.
Updated: July 6, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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Woody Goff

Woody Goff, executive director of the Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County will have a court hearing Aug. 8 on DUI (first offense) and open container charges in connection with his arrest by a Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputy around 4:15 a.m. June 23.

According to a KCSO report, the deputy responded to U.S. 1 in Lugoff following a call from another driver that a red SUV had run off the road multiple times and had almost struck another car. The deputy located the SUV stopped on the shoulder of the road in the northbound lane and conducted a traffic stop, noticing that the brake lights were on.
As he walked closer, the deputy shined a light into the SUV and saw Goff -- the only person in the vehicle -- leaned back in the driver’s seat with his eyes closed.

“The vehicle was still running with the transmission in the drive position,” the deputy wrote. “I then gently opened the passenger side door. The noise from the opening of the door startled (Goff), who immediately jumped and opened his eyes.”

The deputy said he then reached over the passenger seat, placed the SUV in park, introduced himself to Goff and then asked him why he was stopped on the side of the road.

“(Goff) had a puzzled look on his face, then pointed to the passenger seat, stating, ‘He was supposed to tell me where to go.’ When I asked (Goff) who is ‘he,’ because he was the sole occupant in the vehicle, (Goff) pointed again to the passenger seat. I informed (Goff) that there was not anyone in the passenger seat.”

The deputy wrote that Goff responded by saying he did have a friend in the passenger seat earlier. He also said he had been coming from Columbia and, after looking puzzled again, said he was heading to Camden. Goff also reportedly admitted he had a couple drinks around 11:30 p.m., about five hours earlier.

Goff then submitted to a series of field sobriety tests, during some of which, the deputy wrote, he showed signs of having been driving under the influence. At that point, the deputy arrested Goff, handcuffing him and placing him in front of his patrol car so he could conduct an inventory of Goff’s SUV. Inside, he found an open bottle of liquor.

After arriving at the Kershaw County Detention Center, the deputy placed Goff in a blood alcohol content room. Per procedure, the deputy waited 20 minutes before having Goff provide a breath sample. Goff did so, and the sample produced a result of .14 percent, .02 shy of twice the legal limit.

The FAC’s board of directors hired Goff eight months ago, in November 2017, to replace Kristin Cobb after she became executive director of Midlands Technical College’s Harbison Theater in Columbia.

Goff is an Horry County native who earned degrees at Horry-Georgetown Technical College and Coastal Carolina University. Immediately before being hired at the FAC, Goff worked as a consultant for Native Son Solutions. Previously, he worked as director of external relations and workforce development and director of museum experiences at EdVenture Museum; and as the museum manager at the Children’s Museum of South Carolina, located in Myrtle Beach. The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce recognized him as its 2016 Young Professional of the Year.

Goff does not appear to have been previously arrested, based on a check of online court records.

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