Myrtle Beach police charge golf writer for The Sun News with DUI

Golf writer Alan Blondin, who has worked for The Sun News for 19 years, was arrested Saturday morning and charged with driving under the influence and driving under suspension.

Blondin was stopped on Grissom Parkway early Saturday morning, according to a police report. Authorities were directing traffic at the site of a fatal accident at Grissom and U.S. 501 when Blondin’s vehicle went over some traffic cones, the report said.

The arresting officer said Blondin failed a field sobriety test and declined to take a breathalyzer test. He was taken to the Myrtle Beach Police Department jail and booked for DUI.

The license suspension is related to an unresolved citation in North Carolina, following a DUI charge issued in Mecklenburg County in May. That case is pending.

“I made a serious error in judgment to put myself in this position and I am sincerely sorry for that,” Blondin said. “This is a serious matter and I take it seriously, and will make better decisions in the future to ensure I don’t put myself in this position again.”