Dash cam video released in Retha Pierce arrest

This is not the first time Pierce has been arrested for suspicion of DUI. (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
This is not the first time Pierce has been arrested for suspicion of DUI. (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) During her arrest for suspicion of DUI Sunday night, Atlantic Beach Mayor Retha Pierce allegedly refused to give a urine sample after officers told her she couldn't keep it.
According to online booking records with the J. Reuben Long Detention Center, Pierce, whose full name is Retha Pierce Sturdivant, was booked at 9:21 p.m. Sunday night.

Catina Hipp, spokeswoman for the Conway Police Department, told WMBF News Sunday night that Pierce had been detained on suspicion of DUI and was being questioned around 9 p.m.

In a police report, officers responded to the area of 9th Avenue and Main Street in reference to a reckless driver. A complainant told dispatch a white SUV kept stopping in the roadway. When an officer located the vehicle, driven by Pierce, at 4th Avenue and Main Street, they saw the vehicle stopped at a traffic light although the light was green.

The officer said the vehicle stayed motionless for about 10 seconds before beginning to move slowly toward 3rd Avenue.

"The vehicle straddled the dotted line at the turning lane and lane two," the report said. "The vehicle then stopped at a green light again."

A traffic stop was then initiated, however, the officer said Pierce did not stop at first and passed several safe stopping areas before finally stopping along the Main Street bridge.

After the officer moved Pierce's vehicle to a safer location, several field sobriety tests were conducted. The officer said Pierce's eyes appeared glassy.

Pierce was then arrested for DUI.

According to the report, officers located three pill bottles in Pierce's purse for Flexeril, Toradol and Percocet.

Once at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center, Pierce's blood alcohol content registered at 0.00 percent. When she was requested to give a urine sample, Pierce allegedly said she would give a sample if she could keep half of it with her and was told she couldn't keep the sample with her.

Pierce then said she wanted to pay for her own test and wanted to keep her urine with her, according to the report. When she was told that couldn't happen, Pierce allegedly refused to give a urine sample.

During a hearing at the City of Conway Municpal Court, bond was set at $1,022 personal recognizance. Her initial court date was set for Feb. 8.

As she was being led into the courtroom, Pierce did not keep her voice silent on how she believes she is being treated by Horry County.

"I was on my way from church," she said. 'And they put me in jail overnight, talking about a DUI, knowing I don't drink. And that's what it's all about. It's Horry County as usual with their corruption and with their evilness trying to do onto Retha Pierce. So they put me back in jail, after church."

Again, on her way out of the courtroom after receiving a PR bond, Pierce continued her statement.

"I think I've said it all," she added. "Horry County will forever stay on Retha Pierce and Atlantic Beach, SC until they get everything they want from Atlantic Beach."

On Nov. 22, Pierce was issued a traffic citation for driving left of center by the City of North Myrtle Beach Public Safety Office.

In 2009, Pierce was arrested on suspicion of DUI by a trooper with the South Carolina Highway Patrol after finding her taking a nap inside her car in a parking lot off Highway 76 while she was still in office. She was released from jail on a personal recognizance bond.

Since her arrest, Pierce was removed from office and later reinstated to her post. The State dropped that DUI charge against Pierce back in May.

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