The mayor of Aynor was carrying a beer when he was pulled over while riding a lawnmower though town last month, according to police dashcam video.
“You also have an open container,” an Horry County police officer says in the video, taken around 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 25.
“I know, I apologize for that,” replied John Garder, who is also the chief financial officer for Horry County Schools.
The officers made Gardner pour out the beer, which Gardner now contends was not open.
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“It was unopened to the best of my knowledge,” Gardner said in an interview Friday. “I remember opening it to pour it out.”
Gardner says he was not cited, and the video shows officers saying they would call the Town of Aynor to handle the situation.
Gardner, who was elected in 2016 and who is up for reelection this year, said he had put gas in the lawnmower after cutting his mother-in-law’s grass, and picked up the beer at the gas station.
He said he thinks he was pulled over because the lawnmower had no lights.
“It was just a misunderstanding,” he said.