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North Carolina deputies face drunk driving charges

No one knows better the dangers and tragic consequences drunk driving may bring than law enforcement officers. North Carolina police make countless arrests and see numerous accidents when drivers get behind the wheel after drinking. This is why it may be difficult to believe when a police officer is charged with DWI. Nevertheless, two deputies were recently arrested in separate incidents and charged with drunk driving.

The first officer, who had worked with the sheriff's office about six years, reportedly backed a police vehicle into a tractor-trailer that was parked along the curb. The incident happened around 2 p.m., and no one was in the truck at the time. The deputy was placed on administrative leave, and his case is under investigation.

The most recent incident involved a 28-year-old deputy who was driving his personal vehicle at the time. State highway patrol officers reported that the man was driving erratically at speeds reaching 101 mph, more than 35 mph over the posted speed limit. He was not on duty at the time and was immediately placed on unpaid leave. A spokeswoman then announced that the deputy had been separated from the sheriff's office. Whether this means he resigned or was terminated is unclear.

What is clear is that, like anyone in North Carolina who faces such charges, this deputy will likely benefit from a strong defense strategy. Drunk driving charges carry significant penalties, which can alter a person's life and create tremendous hardship. To minimize these negative consequences, one would benefit from the assistance of an experienced attorney.

Source:, "2nd Durham deputy in as many weeks arrested, charged with DWI", Cliff Bellamy, Feb. 7, 2018

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