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Blackville police officer fired after DUI charge

Monday, Jan. 7, 2013 3:43 PM
Last updated 8:19 PM
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BLACKVILLE, S.C. -- A Blackville police officer has been relieved of his duties following an arrest on driving under the influence charges.

Russell Zorn, 25, of Barnwell, was arrested Saturday by the South Carolina Highway Patrol. He was charged with driving under the influence, first offense, and having an open container of alcohol. The charges followed a traffic stop shortly before 11 p.m. for speeding on Hwy. 781 in Aiken County, said Lance Cpl. Judd Jones of the S.C. Highway Patrol.

Zorn, son of the late Barnwell County Sheriff Joey Zorn, has since been released on bond.

The arrest led to his termination from the Blackville Police Department after working there for 10 months. “He’s been discharged from his duties,” said Blackville Police Chief John Holston. Zorn just graduated from the criminal justice academy Dec. 21.

Holston called the incident “regrettable,” but said this type of behavior “will not be tolerated” in his department.

“I’m going to hold all of our officers and employees to the same standards as the citizens we serve,” said Holston. “We’re given a sacred trust to enforce laws impartially.”

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LLArms
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LLArms 01/08/13 - 10:49 am
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Such a shame, ruined his

Such a shame, ruined his career because he thought he was above the law, above us lowly citizens. Good on the Police Chief for doing the right thing, if it was an honest choice and not one forced out of lack of rug sweeping capability.

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 01/08/13 - 11:02 am
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Russell did not have the
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Russell did not have the "above the law" attitude. I'd characterize him as immature and reckless. He should never have been a cop....but no one asked me about it.

myfather15
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myfather15 01/09/13 - 06:44 am
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and nobody would!!

and nobody would!!

myfather15
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myfather15 01/09/13 - 06:53 am
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I agree with him being fired

but I must ask; How do you know he thought he was above the law? Do you drink alcohol or have you ever been drunk? Do you not know the results of extreme intoxication? It's give you the intense feeling of euphoria, resulting in YOU believing YOU are just fine. Police officer's are not super heros that are immune to this. The "10 feet tall and bullet proff" feeling is actually real. Alcohol makes us feel like we can do everything better than we do when sober.

My point is, I agree with his firing because if you're going to arrest people for this, you can't be doing it yourself. Maybe he needs a 2 year suspension of his certification, then he can reapply.

But stop with the "He thought he was above the law" stuff. You can NOT know that unless you can read his mind. So the only possible reason for you saying that is because he IS A COP. But again, you can't prove your statement. So, could we just agree he got drunk, did something stupid (as sooooo many do) and is now going to pay for it, same as any citizen?

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