JAMES ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV) — A Folly Beach police sergeant on his way to work was arrested on Folly Road Wednesday night for suspicion of driving under the influence. State troopers also found 27 oxycodone pills in a prescription bottle with someone else's name on it inside his marked police SUV, according to report
Shane Smith, 44, of Ladson, was taken into custody by South Carolina Highway Patrol around 8 p.m. charged with DUI and possession of a schedule II narcotic.
Folly Beach Police Chief Andrew Gilreath confirmed that Smith was on his way to work when arrested. His shift was supposed to start at 6 p.m.
"Sgt. Smith is being placed on administrative leave, and immediately being placed under an internal investigation by our agency in tandem with any criminal charge he may face," Gilreath states.
It all started when Smith was involved in a minor crash in Ladson around 7:15 p.m. according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.
Smith, who was operating a marked 2015 Ford SUV police vehicle, stuck a 2016 Honda in the rear as the Honda was waiting to make right-hand turn near US 78 and College Park Road, according to highway patrol.
"Smith spoke with the driver, but then left the scene," states Cpl. Matt Southern, with the South Carolina Highway Patrol.
"A short time after the collision, Charleston County dispatch received numerous calls advising about a Folly Beach police vehicle engaged in erratic driving along I-26 Eastbound," Southern states.
A "be on the lookout" was broadcast to local law enforcement agencies, according to the highway patrol.
A City of Charleston officer located Smith's vehicle on Folly Road and conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of Folly Road and Pittsford Circle.
Highway Patrol was notified of the traffic stop due their investigation of the Ladson collision, Southern states.
"Troopers made contact with Smith and it was determined that Smith was driving under the influence and was subsequently arrested to that offense," Southern states.
According to an arrest report by the South Carolina Highway Patrol, troopers found a bottle of prescription Oxycodone containing 27 pills, with another person's name on the bottle, inside his marked SUV.
Smith was transported to Al Canon Detention Center where he submitted to a breathalyzer. The results came back as 0.00 blood alcohol content, according to highway patrol.
Smith refused to submit to blood or urine test, according to highway patrol.
Smith has been with the department since 2016 and was named "Police Person of the Year" by the Folly Beach Exchange Club.
According to a SLED background check, Smith had no arrests on his record until Wednesday's arrest.
Watch video of the traffic stop of Folly Road below:
S.C. Highway Patrol is the investigating agency.
Smith was released on a personal recognizance bond of $5,992 and was released from the Al Cannon Detention Center on Thursday, according to arrest records.
His wife and a police department chaplain came to court in support of Smith.