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Eric David Hatch, 29, of Benson

SMITHFIELD, N.C. – A North Carolina sheriff’s deputy has been fired after he was charged with driving while impaired.

WRAL reported that the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office fired 29-year-old Eric David Hatch on Friday morning after he was charged the night before.

The now-former deputy was pulled over in Raleigh and cited for allegedly driving 48 in a 35 mph zone.

Authorities said the suspect had a blood-alcohol level of .11, which is above the legal limit of .08.

Hatch had been a patrol deputy since 2012, according to WRAL. The Benson man was fired after his arrest.

“Unfortunately, Mr. Hatch found himself on the wrong side of the law last night. As long as I am the ‘high sheriff’ of Johnston County, deputies driving drunk will not be tolerated!” Sheriff Steve Bizzell said in a statement.