Police officer who crashed patrol car accused of driving drunk

Published: Dec. 21, 2012 at 9:42 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 31, 2012 at 9:42 PM EST
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Cpl. Harold Caldwell (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center)
Cpl. Harold Caldwell (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center)

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Investigators say a Columbia Police Officer was driving drunk when he crashed his patrol car Friday morning.

Columbia Police charged 55-year-old Cpl. Harold Caldwell with driving under the influence after the crash Friday morning on Fort Jackson Blvd.

Police say Caldwell was on duty and on his way to an emergency call at Hampton Hill Condominiums on Ft. Jackson Blvd. at about 9 a.m. As he was turning into the complex, police say he hit a sign and fence.

There were no injuries.

When a city employee is cited as the contributing factor in a vehicle crash, city policy requires them to be taken to a hospital for drug and alcohol testing. The test determined Caldwell was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.

Caldwell works in the South Region.

"When a law enforcement officer breaks the law, it is extremely disappointing," said Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott. "We are held to a much higher standard in the eyes of our community. I expect more from City of Columbia officers every day. Bad behavior combined with irresponsible decision making will not be tolerated at CPD."

Caldwell was taken to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.  He has been suspended without pay. Caldwell is expected to be terminated next week.

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