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Former Wilson deputy charged with DWI, speeding

Posted April 26, 2010 10:21 a.m. EDT
Updated April 26, 2010 1:31 p.m. EDT

— A former Wilson County sheriff's deputy resigned his position with animal control after being charged with driving while impaired and speeding on Sunday.

Charles M. Harris, who retired from the sheriff's office in 2007 after 27 years in law enforcement, was arrested early Sunday, according to Wilson sheriff's officials. He was off-duty in his personal vehicle.

His resignation from his part-time job with animal control was immediate.

Harris was pulled over for driving 61 mph in a 45-mph zone, according to Wilson police spokeswoman Kolly Burritt.

"There were signs of impairment. The case was investigated and Mr. Harris submitted to a breath test and the result was a .16," Burritt wrote. "Mr. Harris was cooperative and respectful during the entire encounter ... He (was) taken before a magistrate where he was released on a signature bond to a family member."

Sheriff Wayne Gay accepted the resignation and said Harris "had been an excellent officer and a credit to the office and community." Gay also said his thoughts and prayers are with Harris and his family at this time.