Off duty Wilson police officer charged with DWI, speeding in Johnston County

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A Wilson police officer is on administrative duty after he was charged with impaired driving over the weekend in Johnston County, officials said. 

Just after midnight on Sunday, a trooper with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol initiated a traffic stop for speeding on Cornwallis Road near the Highway 70 bypass west of Clayton, Wilson police said. 

The trooper noted the driver, Wilson Police Sgt. C.J. Sanders, was traveling at 61 mph in a 45 mph zone. Sanders was off duty at the time and in a personal vehicle. 

An investigation led to Sanders being arrested for driving while impaired and speeding, police said. 

Sanders was taken to the “intoxilyzer room” in Smithfield where police said his blood alcohol content was measured at .08. 

He was taken in front of a magistrate who charged the officer with DWI and speeding. Sanders was released on a written promise to appear. 

The sergeant is administrative duty pending an internal investigation.

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