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Carteret County deputy resigns after DWI charge

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No one has been arrested in the incident. No one has been arrested in the incident.
ATLANTIC, N.C. -

A Carteret County deputy has resigned after crashing his vehicle and being charged with driving while intoxicated.

Investigators say James Willis was working as a deputy for the Carteret County Sheriff's Office when he ran off the road and crashed his assigned county vehicle at about 11 p.m. Monday in Atlantic.

Deputies say Willis wasn't hurt, and no other vehicles were involved.

Tests show Willis wasn't drunk or using illegal drugs. But investigators say they think Willis was impaired by medication that was legally prescribed to him by a doctor.

Willis was charged with driving while impaired and has since resigned as a sheriff's deputy. He was hired by the sheriff's department in 1993.

Willis is expected in court May 29. It wasn't immediately known if he had an attorney.

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