Officer’s DUI Charges dismissed, but Employment Status Unclear

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Officials have not yet decided whether to bring back an Orangeburg Department of Public Safety officer suspended after a DUI charge. The DUI charge was dismissed earlier this year.

ODPS Chief Wendell Davis said his agency and city officials are mulling 30-year-old Kenneth Pifer’s future with the agency. “He’s still on suspension and his case is under review,” Davis said. “As of this moment, it has not been resolved and it is actively being reviewed.”

Pifer was charged with first-offense driving under the influence (DUI), under .10 blood alcohol level, after crashing his personal vehicle on Russell Street just outside of the city limits in January. 

An officer who was recognized by the state Department of Public Safety in 2011 as a top DUI enforcer, Pifer filed for the charge to be expunged. A June 17 order signed by Circuit Court Judge Diane Goodstein granted that motion, which destroys the DUI case file.

Davis said no time frame has been set for a decision to be made. “Obviously, we want to look at this carefully and come to a resolution about it,” he said.

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Source: Times and Democrat, Officer's Status Unclear After DUI Charge Dismissed