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