A Blackville police officer has been relieved of his duties following an arrest for driving under the influence.
Russell Zorn, 25, of Barnwell, was arrested Jan. 5 by the South Carolina Highway Patrol. He was charged with driving under the influence, first offense, and having an open container of alcohol following a traffic stop shortly before 11 p.m. for speeding on Hwy. 781 in Aiken County, said Lance Cpl. Judd Jones of the S.C. Highway Patrol.
The arrest led to his termination from the Blackville Police Department after working there for 10 months. "He's been discharged from his duties," said Blackville Police Chief John Holston. Zorn just graduated from the criminal justice academy Dec. 21, 2012.
Holston called the incident "regrettable," but said this type of behavior "will not be tolerated" in his department.
"I'm going to hold all of our officers and employees to the same standards as the citizens we serve," said Holston. "We're given a sacred trust to enforce laws impartially."
Zorn, who is the son of the late Barnwell County Sheriff Joey Zorn, was initially released to the Aiken County Detention Center but has since been released on bond.
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