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Horry County police officer resigns after DUI arrest

An Horry County police officer who was arrested Saturday and charged with driving under the influence resigned from his position on Tuesday.

John William Parker, 49, of Murrells Inlet, was booked in to J. Reuben Long Detention Center at 3:38 a.m. Saturday, according to detention center records.

Parker resigned on Tuesday morning, according to Lt. Raul Dennis of Horry County police.

Lance Cpl. Paul Brouthers of the Highway Patrol said Parker was arrested during a traffic stop on Glenns Bay Road in Horry County around 12:21 a.m. Saturday. He said Parker was transported to the Surfside Beach Police Department, the nearest place to administer a blood alcohol test.

But he said that on the way to the police department Parker began complaining of a medical issue. An ambulance was called to the parking lot of the police department, and Parker was taken to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center and then to the detention center.

A judge gave Parker a $1,000 personal recognizance bond, meaning he didn't need to pay any money to be released.

Parker's first court hearing is scheduled for Feb. 7.