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Johnston deputy fired after being charged with DWI

Posted September 18, 2015

Eric David Hatch

— A Johnston County sheriff's deputy was fired Friday morning after he was charged with driving while impaired, authorities said.

A Wake County sheriff's deputy arrested Eric David Hatch, 29, of Benson, after stopping him on South Dawson Street and Western Boulevard in Raleigh. According to court documents, Hatch had a blood-alcohol level of .11, which is above the legal limit of .08 in North Carolina.

A spokeswoman with the Johnston County Sheriff's Office said Hatch had been a patrol deputy since 2012 and had submitted his resignation Thursday to accept employment with another law enforcement agency. However, he was fired after his arrest, she said.

"Unfortunately, Mr. Hatch found himself on the wrong side of the law last night. As long as I am the 'high sheriff' of Johnston County, deputies driving drunk will not be tolerated!" Sheriff Steve Bizzell said in a statement. "I want to commend the Wake County deputy for doing his job and enforcing the law in an effort to keep our roadways safe."

Information on Hatch's new employment status was not available.


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  • Chris Richards Sep 28, 2015
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    the High Sheriff?

  • Joey Cuddington Sep 18, 2015
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    And if the Sheriff had not fired the deputy -- y'all would have crucified him!!! This deputy put himself AND the Sheriff in a bad spot!!!

  • Sheila Easton Sep 18, 2015
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    Sounds like the sheriff is stumping for re-election. The deputy needs rehab more than anything else.

  • Malakai Bluebone Sep 18, 2015
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    This person was a policeman. Now he is a criminal. He is no different than any other person that made a decision to put his and other peoples lives in danger by getting behind the wheel drunk. Probably thought his badge would get him out of any trouble. I also doubt he practiced forgiveness or empathy on any of the drunks he arrested.

    Society needs less forgiveness and empathy, More this is a consequence of actions taken and deal with it.

    It is the joke of forgiveness and empathy that our judicial system is as pathetic as it is.

    People make a decision to do something stupid, they have to be held accountable for it. I am just glad he did not kill anyone with his stupidity.

  • Jonette Kumpelis Sep 18, 2015
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    If this young man wants to be a police officer, he should be given another chance after undergoing treatment. Another human in need of help given the boot. Now jobless and hurt. Our society is broken and low on forgiveness and empathy.