Former deputy who wrecked cruiser cleared of DUI charge

Robert Ayers (Source: Orangeburg County Detention Center)
Robert Ayers (Source: Orangeburg County Detention Center)
Ayers' cruiser (Source: Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office)
Ayers' cruiser (Source: Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office)
Ayers' cruiser (Source: Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office)
Ayers' cruiser (Source: Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office)

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.

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