ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WIS) - A former Orangeburg County Sheriff's deputy who wrecked his cruiser while off-duty was found not guilty of driving under the influence Tuesday.
According to Robert Ayers' attorney, Gerald Davis, after a three and a half hour trial, it took a jury 30 minutes to return a not guilty verdict.
Ayers was charged with DUI after crashing a patrol car into a ditch on Cattle Creek Road near Bowman while in December, 2009.
Troopers said Ayers failed a field sobriety test and then refused to take a breathalyzer test.
Ayers resigned less than a week after being placed on paid administrative duty after the accident. Ayers had a perfect record until the wreck.
Davis did not know if Ayers was going to seek his old position with the sheriff's department.