A Columbia County sheriff’s deputy was terminated Friday following an arrest for driving under the influence.
Deputy Gregory Smith was arrested at about 1 a.m. in Richmond County for driving under the influence, speeding and a handlebar violation, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.
Smith was terminated for policy violations, specifically conduct unbecoming a law enforcement officer.
“Because of Smith’s position in law enforcement and the public trust bestowed upon him, to say that we are disappointed is an understatement,” Morris wrote in an email Friday afternoon.
Smith, a former Richmond County sheriff’s deputy, has worked in Columbia County since March 2009.
“As we’ve demonstrated in the past, we enforce the law, and in this case enforce our policies no matter who is involved,” Morris said.
“To have an officer involved in such activity is not only a violation of the law and the public’s trust, but also a dishonor to this agency and the deputies who uphold the integrity and honor that goes along with the badge.”