Just a few weeks ago, law enforcement authorities in North Carolina arrested one of their own. While off duty, this individual was reportedly involved in an accident in a patrol car. Investigators believe impairment was a factor in the crash, and as such, the accused was charged with driving while impaired. On top of this, he was terminated from his position at the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office.
According to reports, the 49-year-old deputy was tasked with picking up his assigned patrol car from maintenance. He did this while off duty, at approximately 2 a.m. The details of what happened next are unclear. At some point, he was in an accident. The highway patrol was called to investigate, and he was ultimately arrested and charged with DWI.
Given the accused’s professional position, he was immediately placed on leave. Within a few days, he was fired. A statement released by the sheriff’s office simply stated this employee’s actions were not in line with department values. Not only did he lose his job, but he also stands to face time behind bars, temporarily lose his driving privileges and have to pay fines — among various other consequences.
What this individual can do now is defend himself. A DWI charge can be a serious offense in North Carolina. The sooner the accused takes action to defend himself, the better. Thankfully, he can have help doing that. An experienced criminal defense attorney can assist this individual as he fights for the best possible outcome.