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Former Wilson deputy charged with DWI, speeding

Posted April 26, 2010

— A former Wilson County sheriff's deputy resigned his position with animal control after being charged with driving while impaired and speeding on Sunday.

Charles M. Harris, who retired from the sheriff's office in 2007 after 27 years in law enforcement, was arrested early Sunday, according to Wilson sheriff's officials. He was off-duty in his personal vehicle.

His resignation from his part-time job with animal control was immediate.

Harris was pulled over for driving 61 mph in a 45-mph zone, according to Wilson police spokeswoman Kolly Burritt.

"There were signs of impairment. The case was investigated and Mr. Harris submitted to a breath test and the result was a .16," Burritt wrote. "Mr. Harris was cooperative and respectful during the entire encounter ... He (was) taken before a magistrate where he was released on a signature bond to a family member."

Sheriff Wayne Gay accepted the resignation and said Harris "had been an excellent officer and a credit to the office and community." Gay also said his thoughts and prayers are with Harris and his family at this time.


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  • airbornemonty Apr 26, 2010

    Those of us that like to take a nip now and then will unintentionally break the law now and then.

    Those of you who have never broken the law may throw the first stone.

    And I don't mean those that have broken the law and never got caught, you just happened to be at the right place at the right time, so you are not allowed to throw any stones.

  • RonnieR Apr 26, 2010

    IF he was with the AC folks, he was most likely a Special Deputy and that is why he resigned.

  • TooMuchDrama Apr 26, 2010

    I love how people do not read the story and check themselves for understanding.

    Tater Salad Returns: Read again. q0..0 point is correct in the extent that he is a former Deputy who worked for 27 years before retiring in 2007. He now works part-time with Animal Control (whicih is under the Sheriff's Department in Wilson) but he has not been a deputy for going on 3 years now......

  • Tater Salad Returns Apr 26, 2010

    if he's a former deputy where's the story. Useless news you can't use by WRAL - q0..0

    Not really, he's a former deputy because he got caught drinking and driving, thus breaking the law. To avoid dismissal he resigned and will be able to get a job elsewhere in law enforcement. This is a good warning to watch out for those who "PROTECT AND SERVE" because when you see them you will have to "DUCK AND SWERVE!"

    And like everyone else said, if he had been NCSHP he would have gotten away with it!

  • Journey985 Apr 26, 2010

    I agree with you notagain....While he should not have been driving drunk, at least this former deputy has the presence of mind to accept responsibility for his actions and suffer the consequences, too bad we can't say the same about our "transparent" SHP captain!

  • sinenomine Apr 26, 2010

    So he's getting what he deserves; the law will figure the rest out when he comes to court. It's a story at this point in the mold of "ABRAHAM LINCOLN STILL DEAD!"

    In terms of real news, what is going on with the state trooper who was stopped on suspicion of DWI and let go by police officers who shirked their duty. Where's that news? Who's following that one up?

  • notagain1903 Apr 26, 2010

    Should have got drunk in Butner and got a free ride to the motel! This is how you "Man up" to the situation! He knew he was wrong and took the blame!! Not like the COWARD of a capt. for the SHP!!! So he is to lead by example and the whole barracks gets to ignore the laws of our state and call each other to get a ride home after the traffic stop?!?!?! Remeber that RESPECT is earned not given!!!

  • Journey985 Apr 26, 2010

    What didisaythat??? Are you serious? This man was smart enough to identify himself as a SHP captain to get out of trouble and you compare it to one of my friends stopping me to take me home?? They called in a DRUNK driver that was swivering...get it a 10-55...DRUNK DRIVER...what if he had killed someone?? The fact that he is a SHP Captain makes it even worse 1. He used his power to avoid being charged and 2. he should KNOW better than to drink and drive!

  • didisaythat Apr 26, 2010

    if your friend or neighbor stopped you for dwi would you be mad if the got you a ride or took you somewhere instead of jail?

  • Journey985 Apr 26, 2010

    LOL@ Nocontest....Either that or the Butner Safety Enforcement...LOL. Must be nice to have the wall of blue protecting a drunk SHP captain. Wonder if they pull me over they will get me a hotel room too? (other than the Graybar Hotel..LOL)