Off-duty Martin County deputy in crash, now accused of DWI
A Martin County deputy was reportedly pinned in his truck Tuesday night in an off-duty car accident. North Carolina troopers believe that the deputy lost control of his truck in Williamston around 6:00 Tuesday evening. The truck slammed into a tree, causing the man serious injuries. Emergency responders airlifted the man from the scene, and he spent hours in the operating room undergoing surgery.
Sources indicate that the man is in stable condition after the surgery for non-life-threatening injuries. Now that that ordeal is settling down, the deputy is facing a new ordeal-a legal ordeal in criminal court. Authorities accuse the 24-year-old man of driving while impaired.
North Carolina troopers say that the deputy, who was off-duty and driving his personal vehicle at the time of the accident is charged with DWI. The Sherriff’s Department reportedly has already placed the man on administrative leave pending further investigation into the allegations.
The DWI case could provide even more potential consequences, exposing the deputy to possible fines, jail time and issues related to his privilege to drive.
News reports do not indicate what evidence troopers are relying upon in their belief that the deputy was impaired at the time of the 6:00 p.m. car accident Tuesday.
People from any walk of life can be pulled into the criminal justice system on allegations of DWI. Moreover, the state laws are broad.
While most Greenville, Pitt County and Martin County area residents may be aware that the legal limit to drive is set at 0.08 percent blood alcohol concentration, the laws allow prosecutors to seek DWI charges based upon other evidence of impairment, and a reading lower than 0.08 percent BAC does not necessarily mean a person is immune from charges. Similarly, a prescription medication may be enough for law enforcement and prosecutors to pursue a North Carolina DWI charge in some instances.
Source: WNCT, “Update: Martin Co. Deputy Charged With DWI,” Updated July 11, 2012