From Fayetteville Observer
A Cumberland County sheriff’s deputy was charged with driving while impaired after crashing his personal vehicle early Friday.
Rickey Caldwell, 31, was driving on Alderman and School roads around 2:46 a.m. when his vehicle went into a ditch, flipped over and hit a tree, according to a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman. He was charged with DWI by the Highway Patrol and registered a 0.14 blood alcohol level, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Caldwell resigned from the Sheriff’s Office after his arrest.
He was released from jail on a written promise to appear in court on Oct. 21. ….MORE
From Fayetteville Observer:
At the time of his resignation, Caldwell served as a civil officer for the Sheriff’s Office, delivering court documents such as evictions, domestic violence orders and summonses, she said.
Sheriff Moose Butler emphasized the incident happened while Caldwell was off duty.
“We’re going to to treat him, give him the respect he deserves as an officer,” Butler said.
At the same time, the sheriff said, he wants residents to know his office is not trying to hide the incident or give the deputy special treatment.
“We’re trying to let it be known publicly,” Butler said. “If they make a mistake, it’s out there.”
Butler said his office hasn’t had many cases of deputies being arrested for DWI but has dealt with Caldwell’s arrest similar to other deputies in years past.
“This is just something we’re not going to put up with at the Sheriff’s Office,” he said.
Caldwell was released from jail on a written promise to appear in court Oct. 21.