Hero Down: North Charleston Officer Ryan MacCluen Killed By Drunk

A North Charleston police officer was killed Thursday night.

​Summerville, SC – North Charleston Police Officer Ryan MacCluen was killed by a drunk driver whose car struck his motorcycle on Thursday night.

Officer MacCluen was off duty, and riding his 2008 Harley-Davidson motorcycle at 9:45 p.m. on Feb. 15 when he was hit by a Toyota driven by 29-year-old Whitney Brooks of Charleston.

The 31-year-old officer was transported to Summerville Medical Center where he died less than an hour later, Dorchester County Coroner Paul Brouthers told WLTX. He was wearing his helmet at the time of the crash.

Police arrested Brooks on suspicion of driving under the influence. She was charged with one count of felony DUI involving death, which carries between one and 25 years in prison, the Post and Courier reported.

Brooks was a teacher at Burke High School, but school officials said she’d been suspended following the crash that killed Officer MacCluen.

She and her passenger were not hurt in the collision, WLTX reported.

Officer MacCluen was a 911 dispatcher for three years in Charleston County before he joined the North Charleston Police Department (NCPD) in August of 2016, NCPD Chief Reggie Burgess said in a statement.

"His co-workers describe him as someone who loved being a police officer and a friendly person that always had a smile on his face," Chief Burgess said. "He loved the opportunity to give back to the community he served."

The chief said Officer MacCluen volunteered in the department's community athletics program.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of North Charleston Police Officer Ryan MacCluen, both blood and blue. Godspeed, we will take the watch from here.

Thank you for your service.

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Photodaleen
Photodaleen

You don't have to have alcohol in your system to be Driving Under Influence, marijuana, drugs or even an overdose of regular prescription drugs will do the trick. Anything that affects your balance, state of mind or cognitive abilities will make you in violation in most states. Glad you're not my attorney or anyone else that I should listen to.

DongDyong
DongDyong

The title is going to get you sued! Brooks blew a 0.0. She may have been charged with a DUI, but that is different than being drunk or being a drunk. "Killed by drunk"=slander and libel.

slimart01
slimart01

It was an honor to have known Ryan. We were neighbors for 5 years and i'm am proud to call him my friend. He left us with some great memories that I enjoy sharing with anyone who will listen. Our local first responders have given Ryans family amazing support in the recent days. I hope he is looking down on us and sees how much his big heart has pulled the community together. Gone but never forgotten. RIP my friend.

BLM-NZ
BLM-NZ

RIP Officer

Drowan10
Drowan10

Sad fact is that she will probably only get a year if even that because of our horrible justice system

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