Dash camera video shows Lamar officer getting arrested for DUI in patrol car

Former Lamar officer Jerry Russell performing field sobriety tests. (Screenshot of video from South Carolina Highway Patrol)

Lamar police officer, Jerry "Jay" Russell, 50, was fired back in April after being arrested on a DUI charge while on the job and in a patrol car, according to Lamar Police Chief Jason Chaney.

On Thursday, ABC15 News obtained the nearly hour-long dash camera video showing that arrest.

His arrest came on March 31 after Lamar police got a call from the Darlington County Sheriff's Office that Russell may have been impaired while responding to a dog biting incident on Hopewell Road.

Deputies pulled over Russell in his Lamar police car and South Carolina troopers went to the scene to check out the situation.

Cpl. Sonny Collins with S.C. Highway Patrol said Russell was given a field sobriety test that he performed poorly on and he refused to give a breathalyzer sample.

At that point, Russell was arrested and taken to jail, according to Collins.

Lamar Police Chief Jason Chaney released the following statement on Russell's arrest and subsequent termination:

The events that took place on Friday, March 31 sheds a bad light on our profession. Lieutenant Russell chose this course of action, and now has to deal with the consequences of those actions. We as police officers are held to a higher set of standards and must lead by example for the communities we serve. We are not exempt from the same laws we are sworn to enforce. When we break the law we have to except the consequences and be prepared to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
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