Georgetown County Sheriff’s deputy fired after early morning DUI arrest

A Georgetown County Sheriff’s deputy was fired after being taken into custody for driving under the influence early Sunday morning.

Adam Paxton was stopped on Highway 17 Business around 1:30 a.m. by his fellow deputies with the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office, according to Jason Lesley, the public information officer for the Sheriff’s Office.

A member of the Sheriff’s Department’s narcotics unit, Paxton was turned over to the S.C. Highway Patrol and charged with driving under the influence. Paxton was terminated upon his arrest, said Lesley.

“I’m very proud of our uniformed patrol division because it shows no one is above the law,” Georgetown County Sheriff Carter Weaver said in a statement.

Paxton was sworn in as a deputy in the patrol division in November 2020. He previously worked for the Mullins Police Department.