North Myrtle Beach officer facing DUI charges after crash in patrol car

mprabhu@thesunnews.comMarch 16, 2014 

William Henry Norton

A North Myrtle Beach police officer is facing charges of driving under the influence after a crash involving his police cruiser Friday morning, city officials said.

William Henry Norton, 41, was booked Friday morning and released that afternoon on $1,000 bond.

Norton has been placed on restricted administrative assignment, or desk duty, according to city spokesman Pat Dowling. Norton, a K-9 officer, has been a North Myrtle Beach officer for about 10 years.

While off duty, Norton crashed driving his patrol car sometime between 8 and 9 a.m. Friday at Brighton Avenue off of S.C. 707 in the Socastee area, Dowling said. He was driving neither to nor from work. Norton was allowed to drive his patrol car home.

Dowling said Norton has no law enforcement authority and his patrol car, badge and other law enforcement equipment have been turned in.

An internal affairs investigation is underway, Dowling said.

Contact MAYA T. PRABHU at 444-1722 or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_MPrabhu.

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