An Horry County Board of Education member was arrested Friday night in North Myrtle Beach and charged with driving under the influence, according to public records.
Holly Heniford, who represents the North Strand as the District 1 trustee, was booked into the J. Reuben Long Detention Center Friday night after being arrested by North Myrtle Beach police.
The police report says she was charged with DUI with a blood-alcohol concentration of less than .10 percent, although she did not give a blood or breath test, according to city spokesman Pat Dowling. The legal limit in South Carolina is .08 percent.
She was released early Saturday after posting bail.
Around 5:45 p.m., a North Myrtle Beach police officer was driving on the S.C. 31 exit ramp to Robert Edge Parkway when the officer saw a silver Infiniti SUV stopped in the middle of the road.
There were several vehicles parked on the shoulder of the road and many people standing near the driver’s side of the SUV, according to the report.
The officer wrote that as he approached the vehicle and asked if everything was OK, a bystander said the driver had been asleep and just woke up.
Heniford, the Infiniti’s driver, appeared to be lethargic and her speech was slurred when talking to the officer, the report said.
Heniford was asked to step out the SUV, and the officer “observed a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on her breath,” the report said. He noticed she had “blood shot eyes” and was apparently unsteady on her feet.
When Heniford underwent sobriety tests, she displayed several clues of impairment, the report said.
She was arrested and taken to the North Myrtle Beach jail, where she refused to consent to blood-alcohol concentration tests. She was informed her driver's license was immediately suspended. Her vehicle was towed.
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.
Heniford could not immediately be reached for comment.
In a statement posted on her Facebook page, Heniford said, "This is an unfortunate and embarrassing situation. I am sure this will be worked out in the coming weeks.
"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."