On April 29, the DUI charges a former Pickens, South Carolina police officer was facing were dropped by a judge.
The former officer, Irving “Rocky” Simmons appeared in court to face the charges that stemmed from a 2008 incident. However, the state trooper who cited him failed to show up and the judge dropped the case.
According to a South Carolina Highway Patrol spokesman, Simmons was off duty on New Year’s morning 2008 when he crashed his patrol car at approximately 2 a.m.
According to police, Simmons ran off the road to the right, overcorrected, crossed the road, and collided with a tree.
Lance Cpl. Kathy Hiles of the South Carolina Highway Patrol said that Simmons did not suffer any serious injuries in the crash. She said he was charged with DUI and taken to the Anderson County Detention Center.
Hiles said that Simmons was the only occupant of the vehicle.
Simmons’ arrest resulted in his firing from his job as a patrol officer working advance DUI cases with the Pickens Police Department.