Fayetteville police officer charged with driving while impaired

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WILMINGTON, N.C. — Authorities said a Fayetteville police officer was charged with driving while impaired after being arrested in Wilmington on Sunday.

Fayetteville police said 32-year-old Kevin Smith was arrested around 1 a.m. while off-duty in a Toyota SUV.

Police said Smith has been employed with the Fayetteville Police Department since March 2008 and was assigned to the Patrol Operations Bureau.

Officials said he will be placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.

Fayetteville police did not say how impaired Smith is accused of being or why he was in Wilmington.