Crime

December 3, 2012

Horry County trooper resigns after crash involving three pedestrians near Myrtle Beach gentleman’s club

An S.C. Highway Patrol trooper who was assigned to Horry County was suspended from duty on Sunday and has since resigned, according to officials with the S.C. Department of Public Safety.

An S.C. Highway Patrol trooper who was assigned to Horry County was suspended from duty on Sunday and has since resigned, according to officials with the S.C. Department of Public Safety.

Christopher Lee “C.L.” Bridges, who was a lance corporal with the highway patrol since 2007 and assigned to Troop 5, Post D in Horry County, surrendered to Horry County Sheriff deputies Monday afternoon to face charges related to three pedestrians being hit near a Myrtle Beach area gentleman’s club and leaving the scene, according to authorities.

Bridges, whose age was not immediately available, is being held at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center pending a bond hearing on three counts of hit and run with an accident involving minor personal injuries stemming from an incident early Sunday, Horry County Sgt. Jeff Benton said.

Bridges was in his personal vehicle traveling on Jason Boulevard near the Gold Club, which is off U.S. 501, when his vehicle struck three pedestrians, Benton said. Bridges got out of his vehicle, checked on the well-being of the pedestrians and then called 911 to report the incident.

Bridges then left the scene.

Through witness descriptions and the investigation, officers were able to find Bridges at his home several hours later after the incident, which occurred between 2:45 and 3:15 a.m. Sunday, Benton said.

“We were able to determine he was the driver of that vehicle,” Benton said.

The victims were taken to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center and treated and released, Benton said.

Sherri Iacobelli with the department of public safety said a “personnel action was taken as a result of an investigation by the SCDPS Office of Professional Responsibility and pending charges from the Horry County Sheriff’s Office.” Bridges was suspended without pay Sunday before he resigned his position.

In the release, Highway Patrol Commander Col. Mike Oliver said: “Our troopers are expected to earn the public’s trust and to serve with professionalism and integrity. That is why the S.C. Highway Patrol and Department of Public Safety dealt expeditiously with this matter involving L/Cpl. Bridges. We will not let this negatively impact the fine work of more than 700 troopers who professionally serve and protect our state’s citizens and visitors.”

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