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Vance County sheriff's lieutenant charged with DWI

Posted November 3, 2015

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— A lieutenant with the Vance County Sheriff’s Office is facing a driving while impaired charge from a Friday night incident.

Joseph Root Ferguson, 44, was charged with DWI, reckless driving to endanger and civil revocation of his driver’s license.

Ferguson is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 24.

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  • John Smith Nov 4, 2015
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    Not making excuses for the guy, but you've obviously never had a problem with alcohol. Great, feel blessed... but I challenge you to sit in on an AA meeting (they'll let you) and come back with the same train of thought.
    When you hit the sauce and it gets the better of you, you loose all rightful judgment; hence the term "impaired". I'm not saying this guy has a drinking problem either, it just got the better of him. As far as him being a LEO... you know, the funny thing about LEOs, Pastors, etc.. They wake up human everyday just like you and I.

  • Wayne Douglas III Nov 3, 2015
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    It seems like a Sheriff's Deputy, would understand what happens after a DWI. Call a friend. Call a family member. Call a frickin' cab. Whatever you do, don't drive yourself. My daughter grew up knowing (from age 15 up), that I would not ask any questions (that night), if she called me to come get her, from a party where the teens at the party were too drunk to drive. When she started driving, the same deal was made with her being too drunk to drive. Luckily, she took me up on my promise. Now I have 2 beautiful grandkids, on top of my daughter. When I look at these stories of LEO's who are too stupid to stop themselves from driving, it makes me wonder about the expectation of covering, by that thin blue line. Also, what is this guy teaching his children?
    It's sad that adults, still make such adolescent decisions.

  • Wayne Douglas III Nov 3, 2015
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    I seems like a cop, would understand the consequences of a DWI. Call a friend. Call a family member. Call a frickin' cab. Whatever you do, call someone. My daughter grew up knowing (from age 15 up), that I would not ask any questions (that night), if she called me to come get her, from a party where the teens at the party were too drunk to drive. When she got her license, the same deal was made with her being too drunk to drive. Luckily, she took me up on my promise. Now I have 2 beautiful grandkids, on top of my daughter. When I look at these stories of LEO's who are too stupid to stop themselves from driving, it makes me wonder about the expectation of covering, by that thin blue line. Also, what is this guy teaching his children?