South Carolina cop arrested, fired after getting DUI

Raquel Erhard – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Fort Mill, SC, United States (4E) – A 28-year-old police officer from Rock Hill, South Carolina who has been charged Sunday with driving under the influence has been fired Tuesday.

Chief John Gregory said Sammy Figueroa has been dismissed from the Rock Hill Police Department early Tuesday for violation of South Carolina laws, violation of personnel resolutions and violation of the department’s rules of conduct.

Reports revealed Figueroa, who was off duty when he was arrested, was driving an unmarked silver 2008 Chevrolet Malibu on Main Street around 1:20 a.m. and he was speeding when the vehicle bottomed out near the railroad tracks in Fort Mill. The vehicle then crossed left of the center line then passed the fog line.

After Figueroa was pulled over by police, they immediately smell alcohol coming from his vehicle.

Figueroa, who was not able to produce his license during the incident, failed several field sobriety tests before he was brought to the Fort Mill Police Department and charged with DUI.

He is accused of violating state laws including driving under the influence and failing to take a blood alcohol level breath test. He also faces suspension of his license for declining a breath test at the request of a law enforcement officer.

Figueroa has been working with the Rock Hill Police for three years and was a finalist for officer of the year in March.

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