One of Carolina Country Music Festival’s main organizers was arrested during the early hours of Saturday morning in connection with driving under the influence.
Robert “Bob” Durkin, 46, is charged with DUI, first offense, along with improper backing, no vehicle registration, and an uninsured motor vehicle violation, according to Myrtle Beach police records.
Officers arrested Durkin about 4 a.m. after being called to a crash in the area of 26th Avenue North and North Kings Highway, an incident report states.
While at the scene, and unrelated to the crash, officers said they noticed an “off roading vehicle” driven by Durkin stop in the roadway, back up, and hit a vehicle behind him, the report says. Police who interviewed Durkin said he had an “overwhelming odor of alcohol” coming from him, the report states.
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He was given several field tests for sobriety, and he was then arrested and taken to the Myrtle Beach Jail where he refused to provide a breath sample, according to the report.
According to WPDE, The Sun News’ Grand Strand news alliance partner, Durkin later released the following statement:
“Last night was our most successful night of Carolina Country Music Fest ever, with a record-breaking 29,000 concertgoers in attendance. With that kind of attendance comes great responsibility. Our staff, myself included, work long hours before and after the event to ensure that guests make it home safely, streets are clean of debris and the festival ground is suitable and safe for the next day’s events. Last night, I was detained for the suspicion of operating a cart under the influence of alcohol. While I cannot discuss the details of pending charges, I can say that I look forward to presenting evidence in court that will clear this up. Carolina Country Music Fest is grateful for the long-hours and manpower of the Myrtle Beach Police Department. They assure that laws are abided by while the city’s residents and visitors safe. We look forward to two more exciting nights as Carolina Country Music Fest presents Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean.”
Durkin, of Charlotte-based Full House Productions, has been a key leader in bringing CCMF to downtown Myrtle Beach. The festival, which hosts a star-studded country music lineup, kicked off Thursday and runs through Sunday. This is the event’s third year.