A fight along a riverbed last year led state police to arrest the Calhoun County coroner Thursday.
Warrants from the State Law Enforcement Division accuse Coroner Donnie Porth of intentionally displaying his badge and gun in June 2015 while confronting two boaters he believed were racing dangerously on the Congaree River. SLED investigators said the 61-year-old does not have a concealed weapons permit and nothing in county ordinance or his job description allows him to carry one as a coroner.
Porth was charged Thursday with misconduct in office and presenting a firearm. He was booked by the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office. It was not clear from the released SLED documents why it had taken a year for charges to be filed.