SC prosecutor says Highway Patrol Capt. won’t face charges

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Capt. Stacey Craven

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina prosecutor won’t bring charges against a Highway Patrol officer accused of helping a big donor to Clemson University avoid a DUI charge and a night in jail.

Lexington County Solicitor Rick Hubbard said he decided last week not to pursue an obstruction of justice charge against Capt. Stacey Craven.

The State reports the S.C. Law Enforcement Division investigated Craven’s actions in the 2014 case against Clemson benefactor Stanley Riggins. The division’s report says Craven told investigators he let Riggins out because the man’s wife said she was worried he wouldn’t survive a night in jail without medications.

Hubbard said Thursday that Craven’s actions weren’t criminal. He says there wasn’t enough evidence to prove Craven benefited from the interaction. The officer still faces an internal investigation.

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