Berkeley County deputy resigns after accident because of suspended license

BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCIV) - A Berkeley County deputy was seriously injured last week in a car accident on Red bank Road. Since the crash, the deputy has resigned after officials learned he had a suspended license.

According to officials, Deputy Justice Jenkins resigned on Aug. 15 after the sheriff's office learned his license had been suspended nearly two weeks earlier. Officials said Jenkins is required to tell supervisors of any change to his driving status.{}

Chief Deputy Rick Ollic said the department routinely performs audits of deputies, adding that Jenkins' record was checked in June.

According to sheriff's office representatives, the crash happened between Jenkins and another car on Red Bank Road near Harbour Lake Drive.

Officials say Jenkins was taken to Medical University Hospital in stable but critical condition. The injuries were not believed to be life-threatening, according to a spokesperson for the S.C. Highway Patrol The deputy was responding to a call at the time of the accident, officials said.

SCHP officials say the crash happened just after 8 p.m. The deputy had his lights and siren on at the time of the crash. Officials say the cruiser hit a Chevy SUV. Five occupants from the SUV suffered minor injuries, officials say. All five were taken to Trident Medical Center for treatment. The crash remains under investigation by the S.C. Highway Patrol.

Red Bank Road was briefly shut down while the accident scene was cleared.