The Rev. Shelton P. Sanford, co-pastor at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Rock Hill, was charged with driving under the influence near Fort Mill early Friday morning, the Highway Patrol said.
Sanford crashed a 2010 Honda in a one-vehicle accident while traveling south on Interstate 77, just north of Gold Hill Road, said Lance Cpl. Billy Elder with the Highway Patrol.
Investigators were called to the wreck at 2:59 a.m. Friday.
Sanford was charged with DUI, first offense, and booked at the Moss Justice Center, Elder said. He was released just after 9 a.m. on a $997 bond, said Trent Faris, spokesman for the York County Sheriffs Office.
Sanford met Friday with the senior leadership at the church, including elders, deacons and a group formed to deal with the issue, said the Rev. Sheldon S. MacGillivray, Westminsters executive pastor, who said he was speaking on behalf of the church and Sanford.
Sanford told church leaders of the charge, MacGillivray said.
Our hearts are heavy and we are saddened, MacGillivray said. This is not the Shelton Sanford we know.
MacGillivray said Sanford has been dealing with health issues for more than a year, and he has openly shared that with his congregation. He said he did not know if the accident was related to Sanfords health issues.
The church sent an email to congregation members on Friday, asking them to pray for Sanford and his family, MacGillivray said.
We want them to show their love and grace, MacGillivray said.
There has been no change in Sanfords status with the church he has served for 28 years, MacGillivray said.
DUI, first offense, carries a punishment of a $400 fine or up to 30 days in jail, upon conviction.
Shannon Greene contributed.
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