NC ‘officer of the year’ charged with driving drunk

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. — A North Carolina police officer named “officer of the year” was arrested and charged with drunk driving.

The Black Mountain News reported that 30-year-old Michael Salley was arrested around 12:20 a.m. Saturday in Leicester near Asheville.

Salley is a Woodfin police officer. He was allegedly off-duty and driving his personal car at the time of the alleged crime.

The suspect allegedly had a blood alcohol level of .13, above the .08 limit.

He was also charged with speeding as he was allegedly driving 65 in a 45 mph zone before being pulled over.

Authorities said Salley was suspended pending the outcome of a town personnel investigation.

The suspect was named the town’s officer of the year in 2010.

Source: The Black Mountain News

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