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Prosecutor in Zahra Baker case charged with DWI

Posted June 21, 2011 8:44 p.m. EDT
Updated June 22, 2011 6:08 p.m. EDT

— The lead prosecutor in the Zahra Baker murder case has been arrested and charged with driving while impaired on the North Carolina coast.

The Hickory Daily Record and The Charlotte Observer report that police in Sunset Beach arrested Catawba County lead prosecutor Eric Bellas early Tuesday morning for driving while impaired.

An official says Bellas taken to the Brunswick County jail around 2 a.m. and released nearly six hours later.

A source close to Bellas to the Charlotte Observer it was a bicycle incident.

The N.C. District Attorneys' Summer Association Meeting is being held at a conference center in Sunset Beach.

A message left on an answering machine seeking comment from Bellas wasn't returned Tuesday night.

Bellas is the primary prosecutor in the disappearance and death of 10-year-old Zahra Baker. The girl's stepmother, 43-year-old Elisa Baker, is charged with second-degree murder in Zahra's death.