Columbia, SC (WLTX) - A Columbia Police officer has been charged with DUI according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Troopers say that at approximately 2am Sunday, Columbia Policeofficers came upon a vehicle stopped at a light near Garners Ferry Road and Leesburg Road. When officers approached thevehicle they found Officer Michael Watson, 34, asleep behind the wheel of his car, according to authorities.

Officers then contacted the Highway Patrol and after an investigation, Watson was arrested and charged with Driving Under the Influence.

Authorities say Watson was off duty and in his personal vehicle at the time of the incident.

Watson is currently suspended from CPD without pay.

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