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Former ABC Official Pleads Guilty To DWI

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Neill Monroe, the former general manager of the Cumberland County Alcoholic Beverage Control system, reportedly pleaded guilty Thursday to drunken driving.

According to published and broadcast reports, Chief District Court Judge A. Elizabeth Keever sentenced Monroe to 60 days in jail. Keever suspended all of the sentence, suspended Monroe's driver's license and ordered him to perform 24 hours of community service.

He also must pay a $100 fine, plus court costs, and serve a year's probation.

Monroe was arrested Saturday morning in an ABC car on a charge of driving while impaired. According to state troopers, he had been drinking for several hours before his arrest.

He registered a 0.19 on a breathalyzer. The legal limit is 0.08.

Monroe retired Tuesday. The ABC Board named an interim manager.

Nearly six hours before his arrest in a county vehicle on Saturday, Monroe allegedly crashed his personal car while avoiding a deer.

The accident report shows the trooper smelled alcohol on Monroe at the crash scene, but the trooper did not feel a field sobriety test was needed at the time.

The trooper also stated it did not appear Monroe was injured in the crash, though Monroe made his retirement announcement Tuesday night while wearing a neckbrace and claiming he suffered a concussion in his accident.


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