Tupelo Humes


A Georgetown City Councilman was arrested early Saturday and charged with driving under the influence.

Tupelo Humes, who was elected to City Council in November 2017, failed a sobriety test after he was pulled over shortly before 5 a.m. by a trooper with the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Humes, 43, was booked into the Georgetown County jail shortly after 7 a.m. and was released a couple of hours later on a $992 bond. The charge is listed as a first offense DUI.

On Wednesday, Humes said he had no comment on the situation at this time.

The Georgetown Times requested a copy of the complete report for the arrest from the Highway Patrol, but did not receive it before press time. Cpl. Sonny Collins with the Highway Patrol said Humes was pulled over on Highway 521 around 4:50 a.m. After failing a sobriety test, Humes refused to take a breathalyzer test, Collins said, according to information from the traffic ticket for the incident.

In South Carolina, refusing a breathalyzer test is not a crime but results in a six month suspension of a driver's license for the first offense.

Humes said he had no comment when asked if he plans to fight the charge.

On the afternoon following his arrest, Humes referenced the incident in a Facebook post.

"When I lifted this right hand, I meant every word, and I still do. I promised the people of Georgetown to remain humble and to never change, I now realize that is no longer possible," the post said, referring to his oath of office — the post included a picture from Humes' swearing in as a city councilman.

The post continued, "It's me, im (sic) human, we all make mistakes! But if anybody believes that I will let this stop me from doing what I promised is sadly mistaken!

"I wanted to go to the same places, hang with the same people, do what was normal, but being an elected official, I understand now!" the post said.

The post also said Humes will continue to work to improve the city of Georgetown, and that this incident will "only make me stronger."