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Report: Sheriff's deputy was under alcohol limit in crash

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Rene Williams (Source: OCSO) Rene Williams (Source: OCSO)
Williams' truck sits in an Orangeburg County Sheriff's Department impound lot. Williams' truck sits in an Orangeburg County Sheriff's Department impound lot.
ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WIS) -

An Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office deputy was driving below the legal limit for alcohol when he crashed his county-issued car while he responded to a call, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

A State Law Enforcement Division toxicology report says Maj. Rene Williams' blood alcohol content was .02, which is below the state legal limit of .08.

Williams crashed on Big Buck Boulevard just after 10:30 p.m. Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said Williams was responding to a shooting in Bowman when the accident happened. The shooting happened around 6 p.m.

Troopers estimated that Williams was driving 70 miles per hour in a 55 mile per zone. According to the report, Williams was traveling south about 6 miles north of Bowman when he lost control, struck a utility pole, and overturned.

Williams was taken to the hospital with injuries. Highway Patrol officials say Williams provided them with a blood sample for alcohol testing.

The Highway Patrol says they will not be charging Williams with anything as a result of the test. Instead, Williams has been issued a citation for driving too fast for conditions.

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