Johnston Co. deputy charged with DWI in Raleigh

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- A Johnston County sheriff's deputy was charged with a DWI Thursday night in Raleigh.

Eric Hatch was arrested on S. Dawson Street and Western Boulevard. Authorities said Hatch's blood alcohol content (BAC) was .11. The legal limit in North Carolina is .08 for adults.

Hatch was also cited for speeding, traveling a reported 48 mph in a 35 mph zone.

According to the Johnston County Sheriff's Department, Hatch was fired Friday morning.

"Unfortunately Mr. Hatch found himself on the wrong side of the law last night," Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell said. "As long as I am the 'High Sheriff' of Johnston County, deputies driving drunk will not be tolerated! I want to commend the Wake County deputy for doing his job and enforcing the law in an effort to keep our roadways safe."

Hatch has bonded out of jail, officials said.

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