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UPDATED: Horry school board member arrested for DUI

Holly Teal Heniford, a member of the Horry County School board, was arrested Friday night for driving under the influence in North Myrtle Beach, according to Horry County Sheriff Office records.

Heniford, 55, was arrested by North Myrtle Beach Police and released just after midnight on a bond of nearly $1,000.

The arresting police officer said he spotted Heniford’s SUV parked in the middle of road as he was traveling southbound on the Highway 31 exit ramp onto Robert Edge Parkway at 5:45 p.m. 

“There were several vehicles parked on the shoulder of the road and numerous people standing in the street next to the driver’s side door of the Infinity,” the report said.

A bystander told the officer Heniford was asleep inside the car and had just awoken.

The officer said she “appeared to be lethargic with slurred speech” and noted a “strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on her breath.”

Heniford was arrested after failing a roadside sobriety test.

She refused to take a blood test to measure her blood alcohol level.  

Her license was immediately suspended, and she was charged with driving under the influence of less than .10.

South Carolina law requires suspects arrested for DUI who refuse a blood test to immediately surrender their drivers license.

It was Heniford’s first offense, the report said.

“This is an unfortunate and embarrassing situation,” Heniford said in a statement posted on her Facebook page early Saturday morning.

“I am sure this will be worked out in the coming weeks,” Heniford said.

“I apologize to the citizens who elect me and the entire school board. This will not affect my commitment to our children and Horry County Schools,” Heniford said.