Harold Julius Caldwell (Image: Richland County Detention Center)
Columbia, SC (WLTX) - A Columbia police officer has been charged with DUI in connection with a wreck Friday morning.
Officers brought the charge against 55-year-old Harold Julius Caldwell.
Around 9 a.m. Friday, Caldwell was responding to an emergency call at the Hampton Hill condominiums in the 4600 block of Fort Jackson Boulevard. As he was turning into the complex, officers say he hit a sign and then a wood and brick fence.
No one was injured during the incident.
A privately-owned risk management team tested Caldwell and determined that he was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the car wreck.
"When a law enforcement officer breaks the law, it is extremely disappointing," Chief Randy Scott said in a statement. "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. If you break the law, you have to suffer the consequences. We talk to the public about the dangers of drinking and driving. If we as police officers cannot set the positive example for others to follow, then we have failed completely."
Caldwell is currently suspended without pay, and Scott says the officer will be fired next week.