NC officer charged with DWI following last shift on force

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HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. (WNCN) — A man who just finished his last shift as a Holly Springs police officer was arrested Tuesday night and charged with DWI after rear-ending two vehicles at a traffic light, according to a Wake County Magistrate’s Order obtained by CBS 17.

Jimmy Earl Price, Jr., 47, of Angier, is facing a DWI charge after failing to slow down on G.B. Alford Highway, drifting into the turn lane and then slamming into two separate vehicles at the intersection with Vinewood Place around 10:20 p.m., according to court documents.

According to the documents, one person was transported to the hospital for treatment of abrasions from broken glass and possible other injuries following the crash.

Price had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, glassy and bloodshot eyes, and a positive result on the breath test, documents show. He refused a standard field sobriety test.

Documentation provided by Holly Springs police show that Price was “polite, cooperative and appear[ed] coherent and understanding of charges” at the time of his arrest. The same document says that Price was originally refused by the jail and taken to the hospital. He was then returned to jail at approximately 4:35 a.m.

Arrest records show that Price told the Holly Springs police officer who arrested him that he was also employed by the police department.

A spokesperson for the Town of Holly Springs said that “at the time of the accident and arrest, Mr. Price was no longer a member of the department.”

The spokesperson then said that Price’s “employment here ended yesterday” and he had been suspended recently. 

Price was released from custody under a written promise to appear in Wake County court on Dec. 28.

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