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Myrtle Beach pro golfer pleaded guilty to reckless driving, DUI charge dismissed

A professional golfer from Myrtle Beach pleaded guilty to reckless driving in an agreement that dismissed a driving under the influence charge, according to officials.

Dustin Johnson, 26, pleaded guilty to the reckless driving charge last week and was fined $445, said 15th Circuit Assistant Solicitor Paul Taylor. The charge was reduced because of "evidentiary issues," Taylor said.

Johnson and his attorney could not be immediately reached Monday morning for comment.

''I know it was a big mistake that I've made and I'm very regretful for my mistake and I know I've let down a lot of people,'' Johnson told The Sun News days after his arrest. ''The only thing I can do is just better myself and learn from it.''

Johnson was arrested at 12:46 a.m. March 30, 2009, and jailed for more than nine hours on a charge of DUI. A trooper with the S.C. Highway Patrol stopped and arrested Johnson on Glenns Bay Road in Surfside Beach.

At the time of his arrest, Johnson’s bond was $2,267, which is the recommended roadside bond amount for someone who had a Breathalyzer test result of .16 or greater, according to Bob McCurdy, assistant director for the S.C. Court Administration in Columbia.

The state's legal blood-alcohol limit is .08.

Johnson was booked into the Myrtle Beach Jail at 1:48 a.m. March 30, records show. Suspects arrested by the highway patrol are often transported to the Myrtle Beach Jail because it's the closest holding facility.

Johnson was held there until 10:24 a.m. when he was taken with other inmates to J. Reuben Long Detention Center outside of Conway.

Because he was arrested in Surfside Beach, bail had to be set by an Horry County judge. Johnson's fingerprints and photo were not taken at the Myrtle Beach Jail, records show. He had $153 in his possession at the time of his arrest.

Johnson, who is in his fourth year on the PGA Tour after playing four years at Coastal Carolina University, is coming off a tie for 55th on Sunday in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

He has won four tournaments and nearly $10 million in official PGA Tour earnings, is ranked 14th in the Official World Golf Ranking, and is 16th on the 2011 PGA Tour money list with nearly $550,000 earned after starting the year with a pair of top-10 finishes.

Johnson has also created a charitable foundation in his name geared to benefit junior golf and children in need.