Deputies: Clemson professor driving state car arrested on DUI charge

Updated: Dec. 12, 2016 at 10:53 AM EST
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KERSHAW COUNTY, SC (WIS) - The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office says deputies arrested a Clemson University professor on a DUI charge last week.

Ronald David Lamie, 52, of Columbia, was arrested December 8 on U.S. 1 near Lugoff.

A traffic deputy on DUI patrol noticed a vehicle cross the center line at least twice on U.S. 1 at about 7:30 p.m, but because of traffic, he could not reverse direction to follow the vehicle. The deputy received a phone call from a DNR officer who had been following the vehicle. The deputy told him to pull the vehicle over if the erratic driving continued and he would be there to assist as soon as he could turn around.

The DNR officer pulled the vehicle over and the deputy arrived within seconds. As both officers approached the vehicle, Sheriff James Matthews says they both reported a strong odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle.

Matthews says the field sobriety test showed Lamie, who was driving the vehicle, was impaired. Lamie was arrested for DUI.

The vehicle Lamie was driving was registered to the State of South Carolina. After a traffic unit supervisor at the scene questioned Lamie about the vehicle, he admitted he was an employee of Clemson University.

The Sheriff's Office checked the Clemson University website and determined Lamie is an Associate Professor of Applied Economics and Statistics and works at the Clemson Sandhills Extension Facility.

Lamie was taken to the Kershaw County Detention Center where a breathalyzer determined his blood alcohol content was .15. Once sober, Lamie was released on bond.

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