Horry County school board member Holly Heniford resigned from office Monday, the same day North Myrtle Beach officials released video of her arrest on a DUI charge. 

Heniford, 55, was elected to the school board in 2014 and represented District 1, which includes Little River and North Myrtle Beach.

“After much contemplation and soul searching over the past week, I came to the conclusion that my resignation from the board was the proper action for me to take so that the important work of the Board members in providing excellent educational opportunities for our students will not be distracted from by my personal situation,” Heniford wrote in a letter to school board chairman Ken Richardson. "My number one goal as a board member for District One has always been to put the needs of the children first. It is with this goal in mind that I believe my resignation is necessary at this time."

She declined to comment beyond the statements in the letter.

Richardson had little to say about Heniford's departure.

"We appreciate the service Ms. Heniford has provided the students of Horry County," he said. "And we wish her the best in the future."

Heniford was arrested around 6 p.m. Sept. 6 after police found her sitting in a silver Infiniti SUV that was stopped just off S.C. 31 in the middle of the exit ramp for Robert Edge Parkway.

There were several vehicles parked on the shoulder of the road and people were standing near the driver’s side of the SUV, according to police records.

On Monday, North Myrtle Beach officials released the dash cam video of Heniford's arrest. In the recording, an officer asked Heniford how much she had to drink.

"A little bit," she said.

"What does that mean?" the officer asked.

"What does it mean to you?" she replied.

Heniford told the officer she needed to go home and go to bed. The officer asked her what she did for a living.

"I take care of Horry County children," she said. "I'm an elected official."

Heniford introduced herself to the officer multiple times. During a sobriety test, she told him, "You have beautiful eyes, by the way." 

After administering a series of tests, the officer placed Heniford under arrest.

"Unfortunately, ma'am, I don't think that you're well enough to drive a vehicle," he said.

As the officer handcuffed Heniford, she told him, "Do you realize what you're doing to me?"

After Heniford was taken to a patrol car, she began talking about the outcome of her arrest.  

“I’m going to be on the front page of the paper,” she said. "You realize that?"

Two officers encouraged her to follow their instructions and not try to get out of the handcuffs.

“Don’t make this matter worse than it is,” one officer said.

A police report states that Heniford had a blood-alcohol concentration of less than .10 percent, although she did not give a blood or breath test, said city spokesman Pat Dowling. The legal limit in South Carolina is .08 percent.

She was released from jail early Sept. 7 after posting bail.

Heniford, a licensed real estate broker, was elected to the school board in 2014. She was recently named chair of the school board's new policy committee, but she stepped down from that position last week because of her arrest. 

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Contact Charles D. Perry at 843-488-7236


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