MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – Former Horry County Council member Marion Foxworth was arrested Sunday night in Myrtle Beach. According to online booking records, Foxworth is charged with leaving the scene of an accident.
Foxworth was arrested around 8:34 p.m. Sunday night, according to Myrtle Beach Police booking records. The incident report for the alleged crime is not yet available.
WBTW spoke with Foxworth Monday morning, and he explains he was leaving a local Walgreens store, and hit a parked vehicle. Foxworth says he got out of his vehicle to inspect the damage, did not note any dents or scratches and left the parking lot.
“In retrospect, I wish I had gone in, but I didn’t see any damage,” relays Foxworth.
Foxworth says officers arrived at his home and transported him to the Myrtle Beach jail after the incident was reported by the victim, who apparently noticed damage that Foxworth had missed. According to Foxworth, he was booked into the jail, given a traffic citation, immediately paid his bail and was released.
The former Horry County Council member is currently an employee of Horry County, filling the position of Register of Deeds. Foxworth left county council in August 2015 after serving for more than 13 years. Upon accepting the new position, Foxworth said he would still be able to work for the people.
“I leave a job I love dearly, one that I was honored by the people of Horry County to be elected to four times, and it’s been a great honor to serve. It’s been a long time, and I’ve very much enjoyed it and it’s bitter sweet because I live things that i wanted to accomplish,” said Foxworth in a 2015 interview.
This is not the first encounter with police for Foxworth. In 2007 he was booked on solicitation charges after Myrtle Beach officers accused Foxworth of picking up a “known prostitute” in October 2007. All charges were completely dismissed in May 2009.
Director of Public Information at Horry County Government Lisa Bourcier says the office was not aware of Foxworth’s arrest, and that he was appointed to the Register of Deeds position by Horry County Council.
WBTW reached out to Horry County Council Chairman Mark Lazarus for comment. He responded with this statement through email:
No comment. This is a personnel issue. As I’m just finding out about this, we will deal with it when county offices re-open tomorrow.