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CCSO Veteran Officer Fired After Weekend Arrest for DUI


A 17-year veteran of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office was immediately fired after notifying his boss of his weekend arrest for DUI in Elbert County.

Sgt. Michael Williamson, with Investigations, was terminated Monday following an arrest on Saturday for DUI in Elbert County, CCSO sheriff’s Maj. Steve Morris said.

An incident report says he refused to allow a Breathalyzer test after being stopped just before 4 p.m. Saturday on South Oliver Street in Elberton. He was charged with DUI refusal. The report lists his home address as Old Augusta Highway in Grovetown.

“He called and made notification to us,” Maj. Morris said. “We can’t tolerate it, we don’t tolerate it and we will never tolerate it. And this is what happens when you are charged.”

The major called Sgt. Williamson a “great employee” who made a “poor choice.” He said the DUI arrest happened while the officer was off-duty. The 46-year-old officer had worked with the sheriff’s office since 2002.

“We will move on,” Maj. Morris said.


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Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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