Deputy Chief of Richland Sheriff's Department Arrested for DUI

State Troopers arrested Deputy Chief Sam Berkheimer around 10-30 last night at a checkpoint in Saluda County. Troopers say Berkhemier was in his personal vehicle and in civilian clothing at the time. Berkheimer is the deputy chief of professional standa

Columbia, Sc (WLTX) - The deputy chief of the Richland County sheriff's department is suspended after he was arrested for DUI.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced the news about Samuel Berkheimer Wednesday in a statement.

Lott says around 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, troopers were conducting a traffic safety checkpoint in Saluda County at the intersection of SC 391 and Saint Marks Church Road. That's when officers say they noticed Berkheimer driving under the influence.

At the time of the incident, Berkheimer was in civilian clothes and was traveling in his personal vehicle. 

Berkheimer is the Deputy Chief of Professional Standards, Training, and Civil Process at the department.

He is suspended without pay pending an investigation by the Richland County Sheriff’s Department Internal Affairs Unit. 

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