Police: Sergeant found in SUV passed out, with open beer can

Matt Kinard (Photo: Mount Pleasant PD)

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (AP) — Authorities said a South Carolina police sergeant was fired after he was found passed out in a department vehicle with a can of beer “between his legs.”

Mount Pleasant Police Chief Carl Ritchie said Sgt. Matt Kinard was fired Friday after he was found intoxicated while on the job.

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Police responded to a call around 11:20 a.m. about a man passed out in a vehicle near the East Cooper Airport.

Officers found Kinard asleep in a marked police SUV with an “open beer can between his legs.”

Kinard was also charged with public intoxication.

He was released with a courtesy summons.

It’s unclear whether Kinard had an attorney.