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Wilson deputy resigns after DWI arrest

Posted October 4, 2010

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— A Wilson County deputy resigned Monday, one day after being charged with drunken driving, Sheriff Wayne Gay said.

A Highway Patrol trooper arrested Deputy Eddie Smith at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday on a driving while impaired charge. Smith was in his personal vehicle at the time, Gay said.

Smith was charged four years ago with another DWI, but Gay said he had gone through alcohol treatment and had been doing better recently. He said he thinks the weekend funeral of someone close to Smith triggered a relapse.

Another Wilson County deputy and a county animal control officer also were let go in recent months following DWI arrests.

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  • Duke _Nukem Oct 6, 2010

    Journey985
    So you want him to get the max penalty under the law? Hmmmmm. So you are the guy who screams for justice, but yet is demanding unequal, unfair treatment for this man because of his job. Nice, very nice. What next? Maybe someones skin tone is to your liking and they should get the max penalty?

  • MojoMadness Oct 5, 2010

    "I have a retired punk trooper living next to me. I could deal with this punk in wilson county but he would have me locked up for assault on a government official!" jcd241959

    You talk a big game behind a keyboard and computer screen.

  • thepeopleschamp Oct 5, 2010

    "I have a retired punk trooper living next to me. I could deal with this punk in wilson county but he would have me locked up for assault on a government official!" jcd241959

    If he is retired he is no longer a government official. So what's holding you back now?

  • leo-nc Oct 5, 2010

    Journey you see, that's what you don't understand. It seems you never will. Why defend someone who actually did wrong, such as in this case? You're just a basher, and you know it. You don't like cops, period. That's just the way it is. You're also not smart enough to know it, which is scary.

  • jcd241959 Oct 5, 2010

    It is because leo's abuse the law! I have a retired punk trooper living next to me. He thought his dog was suppose to wander and do his buisness where ever in my yard! I could deal with this punk in wilson county but he would have me locked up for assault on a government official!

  • Journey985 Oct 4, 2010

    krazykritter96 - If his family is so worried about him perhaps they should not have let him drink and drive...AGAIN!!! Sorry, this might be the second time he has been caught, but I am willing to bet he has done it more than twice! How many more times until he takes someones life, maybe even his own, or better yet, someonne you know and love? Enough already, teach him a lesson and hit him with the maximum allowable sentence by law!

  • didisaythat Oct 4, 2010

    I am glad someone mentioned that few lose their job from DWI unless you're LEO. So who is above the law. Not defending this person. He knows better and should lose his job just hate the badgers because he is LEO.

  • methinks Oct 4, 2010

    For first time offenders the penalty is one year with no license. The second time offenders is the same. No one, not even LEOs will get jail or prison time for DWIs until they are habitual offenders and two times isn't habitual, that usually takes three or even four times.

  • krazykritter96 Oct 4, 2010

    i am really close friends with eddie, and he is not a bad person AT ALL. everyone makes mistakes, for everyone thats commented, im sure youve made plenty in your life. he will learn from it, and move on. so. dont judge without knowing, regardless the situation.and think before you speak, his family members do read this, and it has a big effect on them. thanks.

  • thepeopleschamp Oct 4, 2010

    "Too bad there were no SHP officers around to give him a ride to a motel!!!!" Journey985

    "A Highway Patrol trooper arrested Deputy Eddie Smith" wral.com

    Focus dude, focus.

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