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Local mayor sentenced on drunk driving charges

A North Carolina mayor pleaded guilty on Jan. 14 to driving while impaired on election night. Robert L. Williams, Jr., the mayor of Sharpsburg, was sentenced to one day in jail as well as 24 hours of community service and two years of probation. He was elected on May 8, 2018, after courts ordered a rerun of a 2017 election that he had lost by three votes, according to the official count. When he left Sharpsburg's town hall, a Nash County polling place, on election night, some said that he appeared to be impaired due to alcohol consumption.

Local police said that Williams almost caused a car accident and nearly hit another vehicle with his truck. Police also said that he was swerving between lanes and that they attempted to perform a traffic stop on the road. However, he did not stop until he returned home. At the time, he was accused of having a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of .13 percent, well above the .08 percent legal limit in North Carolina.

The mayor was arrested and ultimately charged with three counts, including DWI, resisting a police officer and carrying a concealed weapon. Reports noted that the resolution of the remaining charges was not yet clear. Following the arrest, Williams replaced Sharpsburg's police commissioner and was accused of following several police officers, including the one who wrote his tickets. This is not Williams' first term as mayor; he served in the past and was also a member of the town's council.

Drunk driving charges can have a serious effect on a person's life. A conviction can lead to hefty fines, driver's license suspension or revocation and even jail time. However, a North Carolina DWI defense attorney can help a client present a strong defense before trial and in the courtroom.

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