More than 20 arrested for DUI in Horry County this past weekend

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) –This past weekend proved to be a busy one for local law enforcement out on patrol, because a number of people were arrested and booked for driving under the influence.

According to police records, 22 people have been charged with DUI  from Saturday to Monday morning.

It's a number many out patrolling the streets in Horry County admit is high, but not uncommon.

Since Saturday 12 people were charged with DUI in Myrtle Beach; 10 others went straight to J. Reuben Long Detention Center to face the same charges.

According to representatives at our local law enforcement agencies, there were no checkpoints set up or larger numbers of patrols out on the streets this past weekend.

Captain David Knipes with the Myrtle Beach Police Department said there is no rhyme or reason to the number of arrests.

South Carolina Highway Patrol Corporal Sonny Collins said Horry County is top on its list when it comes to DUI arrests.

When it comes to those people arrested on drunk driving charges in Myrtle Beach, half were second-time offenders.

Sergeant Jeff Benton, with the Horry County Sheriff's Office, said getting behind the wheel drunk simply isn't worth it.

The penalty of a first-time DUI offense can cost $997 or a month in jail. A second-time DUI offense can cost up to $10,000 dollars and up to a year in jail.

Sergeant Benton is also the Chairman with the CASTE Coalition, which aims to use prevention and education to combat drunk driving and under age drinking in the area.

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