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Wake Deputy Charged With DWI

Posted December 21, 2006

A Wake County sheriff's deputy has been suspended without pay after being charged with driving under the influence.

A sheriff's office representative said Deputy Joseph Milinichik, 43, was charged Dec. 6 on Alexander Drive in Durham County. According to the state Carolina Highway Patrol, Milinichik had a blood-alcohol level of .13. The legal limit in North Carolina is .08.

Milinichik's suspension is pending the outcome of the case. He is scheduled to be in court to face the charge Jan. 18.
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  • PSPro Dec 22, 2006

    The state of North Carolina passed new DWI laws as of Dec. 1, the story shows that he was arrested Dec. 6. It is now a kind of pass/ fail thing. If he blows .08 or above twice, which he did! He almost as good as convicted. But, he can get this expunged from his criminal record. He is not the only LEO, who has got a DWI, and is still working in that capacity. 2 years ago I was hit head on by a drunk driver. I was operating an ambulance, doing my job! I DO NOT DRINK ANY AND DRIVE!!

  • amacs Dec 22, 2006

    If you REALLY want to stop DWI on our roads the first offense (Six Months in Jail. They can get treatment if necessary) Second offense (Five years in prision. They can get treatment) Third offense (Life in prision) This would greatly reduce the number of DWI repeat offenders. Judges are in office to protect the public. As far as the current DWI justice system in concerned. It's a complete failure!!

  • amacs Dec 22, 2006

    If you REALLY want to stop DWI on our roads the first offense (Six Months in Jail. They can get treatment if necessary) Second offense (Five years in prision. They can get treatment) Third offense (Life in prision) This would greatly reduce the number of DWI repeat offenders. Judges are in office to protect the public. As far as the current DWI justice system in concerned. It's a complete failure!!

  • boingc Dec 22, 2006

    As far as one moment of bad judgement--most DUI first offenders have actually driven drunk about 300 times before they get caught. This Deputy has likely avoided punishment for some time now. His punishment should be stricter than the average citizen because of his position of authority.

  • ralwood Dec 22, 2006

    Keep it simple. Someone snitched on him, and set him up!

  • daragh25 Dec 22, 2006

    I agree that public employees need to lead by example espeically police/deputies he should face the full extent of the law like everybody else and if his jobe requires not having a record and this creates a record then sorry but he should loose his job.

  • gramma Dec 21, 2006

    I completely disagree with cccashwell! Having worked in Emergency Services for nearly 17 years, I firmly believe that everyone who is employed in ANY emergency service has an obligation to be a role model for the public. This man is a 43 year old "adult" who should have had better sense than to drive after he'd been drinking! How dumb can you be? There is ABSOLUTELY no excuse for getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking. This and all other such offenders should bear the full penalty of the law!

  • my2cents Dec 21, 2006

    Not knowing how long he has been a deputy, I still would hate for this person to loose his job and lively hood because of one moment of bad judgement. If he is guilty let him be punished, but don't take away everything he has worked for.