WJBF News Channel 6 has learned that a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputy was arrested and charged with DUI Monday night.
According to Captain Steve Morris, Monday night around 11:30 p.m., a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputy observed a speeding vehicle that was unable to maintain lane on South Belair Road.
A traffic stop was initiated at South Belair Road and Holly Road. As the deputy approached the vehicle, he reportedly smelled an odor of alcohol coming from the driver. The driver was identified as Columbia County Deputy Christopher Cody Connor.
Connor reportedly admitted to having a few drinks and based on visual cues, it was determined that he was most likely impaired.
Connor refused all standardized field sobriety tests and was subsequently transported to the Columbia County Detention Center where he was charged with DUI, Speeding, Failure to Maintain Lane, and Expired Registration.
Connor was released on a $4,400 bond.
“Men and women of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office have done an excellent job establishing trust and respect in our community and this type of behavior is in complete contradiction to our public safety mission and high professional standards,” Morris said.
Connor, 28, lives in Martinez. He was first employed on August 29, 2007 and he resigned on February 18, 2014. After working in the private sector for a few months, Connor was rehired on June 5, 2014.