Sheriff’s deputy fired after patrol car crash, DWI charge
NEWTON, N.C. (AP) — An off-duty sheriff’s deputy in North Carolina has been fired after he crashed his patrol car and was charged with driving while impaired.
The Charlotte Observer reports that Catawba County Sheriff Don Brown announced the firing in a Facebook post Friday.
The sheriff’s post said the deputy crashed after picking up his assigned vehicle from a maintenance appointment near Newton, about 45 miles northwest of Charlotte. The sheriff did not name the deputy in his post and did not say when the crash happened.
The North Carolina Highway Patrol investigated the single-car crash and filed the DWI charge, according to the sheriff’s office post.
The deputy “was immediately placed on administrative leave and has since been terminated,” according to the post.
“This conduct has not and will not be tolerated in my administration,” Brown said in the post.
Capt. Aaron Turk, public information officer for the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, posted a news release about the incident.
Turk and State Highway Patrol Master Trooper Jeffrey Swagger didn’t immediately reply to emails on Saturday requesting comment.