• South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper facing DUI charge, fired


    BLYTHEWOOD, S.C. - A South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper was arrested on a DUI charge and later fired by the agency.

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    WSPA-TV reports Cpl. Stephen McDowell was arrested Thursday for driving under the influence, less than 0.10. The state Department of Public Safety says McDowell was off-duty and driving his personal vehicle at the time of arrest.

    Bond was set at $90. It was unknown if he's represented by an attorney.

    Meanwhile, the department said in a statement Friday that McDowell was also fired Thursday "for improper conduct/conduct unbecoming a state employee and arrest."

    McDowell had been with the department since May 2008.

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