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New Hanover deputy resigns after DWI

Posted May 24, 2010

— A deputy with the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office lost his job after a weekend arrest.

Matthew Brandon Jordan, 26, submitted his resignation Monday.

He was charged with driving while impaired Friday night by the North Carolina Highway Patrol in Johnston County. He was off duty at the time.

Jordan had been with the sheriff's office since 2006.


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  • ket0930 May 28, 2010

    I know him and he is a respectable man. He made a dumb mistake. He did the right thing to resign.

  • Whatever Geez May 25, 2010

    Journey, are these the only type articles you like to make comments on? You must have been in jail, prison, or recieved a lot of tickets...cop hater....ignorant

  • notagain1903 May 24, 2010

    Finally an officer who is man enough to stand up for what he did. Rather than calling his buddies to get him off or go to a motel!!!! If there were more LEO's like him then we would have more respect for them. Sorry that he lost his job. Now maybe he can be a motivational speaker to the active LEO's on how to be a responsible MAN!!!

  • christinathefern May 24, 2010

    That is not his arrest pic. The article clearly states he was off duty. If you look at his shirt, it is a uniform shirt. That's probably the picture from is credential ID.

  • Wild and Crazy Guy May 24, 2010

    Needs to wipe that smile off his face... I guess he thinks it's just a big 'ol joke, huh. I presume that's his arrest pic.

  • working for deadbeats May 24, 2010

    We have a .08 BAC limit because everybody wants to drive after drinking a little bit. Ireland has a .00 BAC limit. I wonder how many die over there from drunk drivers. Society still doesn't think DWI is a big deal.

  • Journey985 May 24, 2010

    Driving while impaired is a BIG difference. Mistakes dont possibly kill people, Blatant disregard does!! AGREED Diver, I love how people are so ready to make excuses for a LEO breaking the law, but are ready to hang an everyday person making the same mistake. This officer was lucky he did not kill anyone. I hear there is a mall looking for a security officer?

  • leo-nc May 24, 2010

    Sorry, no sympathy for DWI. As much as it's ingrained into our heads not to drink and drive, and after seeing so many people killed by it, it amazing me that we still have LEO's out there doing this. I feel bad for the guy in a way but in the end, he should have known better. Hence the reason if I DO drink, which is almost never, I won't touch the wheel even after one beer. Now having said all of this, I wish EVERYONE wouldn't drink and drive. Sadly, many of the ones I arrest just see it as no big deal, and will make comments of such. "I'll just call my lawyer and he'll get me out of it." Sadly, with the court system the way it is, that happens more often than I care to say. Oh well... sigh.... I hate that his career is over but we all have the choice to make.

  • diver May 24, 2010

    Some of you are saying he just made a "mistake". a mistake is making a wrong turn or not using a signal. Driving while impaired is a BIG difference. Mistakes dont possibly kill people, Blatant disregard does!!

  • Journey985 May 24, 2010

    You're right UNCgal, he made a TERRIBLE mistake, one that he should have known could have cost his life or the lives of others. Thankfully that did not happen. I do agree with you, LEO's are held to a higher standard, and they SHOULD be. They are trained and sworn to protect the people he serves. Had someone died would you still just be calling it a "mistake"?