DUI charge from 2012 disposed for former AB Police Chief

Randy Rizzo (Source: Surfside Beach PD)
Randy Rizzo (Source: Surfside Beach PD)
SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A DUI charge against a former Atlantic Beach Police Chief was disposed in Circuit Court after an appeal, according to a Surfside Municipal Court Judge.

Randy Rizzo appealed to the circuit court an arrest for DUI that happened in the early morning of Sunday, May 20, 2012. It was recently decided at the circuit court level that the DUI charge would be disposed, and he would pay a fine for improper lane change. A court date in Surfside Beach Municipal Court has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 21, 2014, to put this through.

Rizzo was taken into custody by Surfside Beach Police for suspected drunk driving on May 20, 2012.

The vehicle Rizzo was driving was spotted by an officer around 12:17 a.m. that morning on Highway 17 near Surfside Drive. According the report provided by Surfside Beach Police, Rizzo was driving inside the left traffic lane, swerving, and entered the right lane several times, forcing multiple bikers to move further out of the roadway to avoid him.

The report says Rizzo crossed back into the left lane and then ran off the left side of the highway. An officer initiated a traffic stop, and detected a heavy smell of alcohol on Rizzo's breath, noticing that his eyes were glassed over and his speech was slurred.

When asked, Rizzo said he was unwilling to take three field sobriety tests, later claiming it 'violated his civil rights.'

Rizzo was then handcuffed and transported to the Surfside Beach Jail where he was given a chance to provide a breath sample, but Rizzo insisted it violated his civil rights.

The report further states Rizzo told the arresting officer to be proud of himself for making the arrest, referring to the incident as 'Blue on Blue.'

Rizzo again refused to give a breath sample. Rizzo was booked and issued a citation for DUI and no proof of insurance.

An inventory of his personal property found Rizzo in possession of a gold Atlantic Beach Police Deputy Chief badge.

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