A man who has served as the chief prosecutor in four western Midlands counties for almost 40 years said Wednesday he will not seek reelection.
The announcement from 11th Circuit Solicitor Donnie Myers came less than a month after he was charged with DUI on Feb. 22. He has served in the elected position since 1977, but last month’s arrest was his third alcohol-related driving arrest or citation in little more than a decade. Myers has previously resisted calls for his resignation.
Highway Patrol troopers said Myers left the scene after his vehicle ran off the roadway and struck a utility pole. The troopers determined the vehicle was Myers’ and one went to his home nearby. After interviewing the solicitor, the officer determined Myers was driving under the influence at the time of the collision. He was arrested and a later breath test found a 0.09 percent blood alcohol content (the legal limit is 0.08).
Myers previously pleaded guilty to drunken driving after a 2005 arrest in North Carolina and served one year of probation. He was cited again in 2012 after a trooper pulled him over and found an open container of scotch in the car. He paid a $155 fine for that incident.
It’s not clear if Myers’ decision was directly related to his latest arrest, since the 70-year-old would have reached the mandatory retirement age next year anyway.
The 11th Circuit covers Edgefield, Lexington, McCormick, and Saluda counties.