COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Earlier this week, 11th circuit solicitor Donnie Myers was charged with DUI after crashing his car about a mile away from his Lexington home.
It is Myers' third alcohol-related charge in a little over ten years.
Myers claims someone ran him off the road when he was on his way home following one drink at a local restaurant. The 70-year-old says he was given a ride home, but did not know who got him there. The responding trooper reported smelling a strong odor of alcohol in the vehicle and seeing a pistol on the floor.
Myers failed a field sobriety test in his garage, his breath sample registered .09 blood-alcohol level. That was two hours after he called to report the accident.
In 2005, the solicitor pled guilty to driving while intoxicated after being stopped in his county-owned car while attending a prosecutor's conference in Asheville. The results of two blood-alcohol tests were above the legal limit.
After that arrest, Myers said: "It is my belief that a person should accept responsibility and be held accountable for his or her actions. For over 30 years, I have argued for accountability of others in some of the most heinous crimes our state has seen. This principle applies even more to me."
Then, in 2012, he was stopped for swerving and traveling in the middle of the road. A trooper spotted a cup of scotch in his vehicle, a drink Myers claimed was not his. He admitted to having drinks, but couldn't take part in a field sobriety test due to recent surgery. He pleaded guilty to having an open container.
Despite the 2005 DWI conviction in North Carolina, the most recent charge will be considered a first offense because it's been more than ten years since that charge.
David Longstreet's six-year-old daughter was killed by a drunk driver in 2012. He is leading an effort to get Myers to step down.
"It is a highly sensitive subject but it comes to the citizens of this community that we've got to stand up and say our leadership should be at a high standard ethically and this is not a behavior that's becoming of that," Longstreet said.
Mr. Myers, you have been a pillar in the community for decades, but three charges for alcohol-related offenses have damaged your reputation.
The WIS editorial board believes that Mr. Myers should step down now from his duties as 11th Circuit Solicitor. It's time that Mr. Myers holds himself accountable and does the right thing.
That's my take, what's yours?