Former Atlantic Beach mayor arrested for driving under suspension

Retha Pierce was arrested Tuesday afternoon. (Source: Horry County Sheriff's Office)
Retha Pierce was arrested Tuesday afternoon. (Source: Horry County Sheriff's Office)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Former Atlantic Beach mayor Retha Pierce was arrested Tuesday afternoon for driving under suspension after being found guilty of DUI back in May.

Horry County Police arrested Pierce, according to Jeff Benton with the Horry County Sheriff's Office. She was booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center at about 3 p.m. Tuesday, and released at around 5 p.m.

Pierce was observed in her vehicle weaving back and forth in her lane of travel, hitting the brakes constantly and then accelerating, according to a police report.

When pulled over, Pierce stated to the officer that she had "sleep apnea" and that she was tired.

Pierce said she was heading to Atlantic Beach from Florence.

According to the report, the officer said he could smell "the odor of an alcoholic beverage" coming from the vehicle.

The officer then performed a sobriety test on Pierce who stated that she had not been drinking.

Pierce passed the officer's sobriety test, according to the police report.

The officer advised Pierce to sit in her car while he ran her drivers license. The officer found that the suspect's license was suspended indefinitely for cancellation of insurance and for driving under the influence.

Pierce was found guilty of DUI in a jury trial on May 30, 2014, for an incident that happened in January 2012. Police responded to 9th Avenue and Main Street in Conway, in reference to a reckless driver. The police report states Pierce did not stop at first when police attempted to pull her over. After several sobriety tests, Pierce was arrested for DUI.

Although Pierce yielded a blood alcohol content of 0.00 percent, officers said three prescription bottles of Percocet, Flexeril and Toradol were located in her purse.

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