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North Carolina officer charged in drunk driving accident

A North Carolina police officer faces charges after a recent incident. The sheriff's deputy was charged with suspected drunk driving and has been fired from his post. The drunk driving accident incident occurred in Onslow County.

North Carolina authorities say that they received 911 calls prior to the drunk driving accident regarding a patrol car that was driving erratically on a local highway. Police were dispatched, but before they could get to the location of the suspected drunk driver, a car accident occurred. The details of the drunk driving accident are few at this time.

What is known is that the officer was in a marked patrol car when the drunk driving accident happened. He was injured in the incident, and he had to be taken to a local hospital for medical care. He remained in the medical facility recovering from the injuries that he suffered. He has been charged with DWI and failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision.

The drunk driving accident caused by the police officer may have also resulted in injuries to other victims. If this was the case, the officer, like all of those who cause a car accident in our state, may find that he faces liability for the crash. In such cases, personal injury laws can be used by injured victims to make claims for monetary damages such as lost wages and pain and suffering. A successfully litigated claim can result in the ability of a person who has been injured due to the actions of another being able to recover, at least financially, after a crash.

Source: wcnc.com, "NC sheriff's deputy fired amid DWI investigation," March 19, 2013

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