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Deputy involved in Atlantic wreck, charged with DWI

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BEAUFORT, N.C. - A Carteret County deputy involved in a Monday evening wreck has resigned after being charged with DWI.

It happened around 11 p.m. on Shell Road in Atlantic.

According to the sheriff’s office, Deputy James Willis was operating his assigned county vehicle when he ran off the side of the road and lost control of the vehicle and crashed. There were no other vehicles involved and Will didn’t suffer injuries.

State Highway Patrol troopers found probable cause that Willis might have been operating the vehicle under the influence of an impairing substance. He was subsequently charged with Driving While Impaired.

A drug screen found neither alcohol nor illegal drugs were involved. It’s believed the deputy might have been impaired by a legally prescribed medication.

Willis has since resigned his position.

“I have been saying for many years now that a lot of people are operating vehicles on our highways who are prescribed a number of different medications,” said Sheriff Asa Buck. “Many of these medications can and do affect people in different ways. However, it is each individual’s responsibility, if they are prescribed potentially impairing medication, to only operate a motor vehicle when they can safely do so and are not impaired by their medication.”
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