A 25-year Lincoln County sheriff’s deputy resigned Saturday after he was charged with driving while impaired following an early morning wreck.
Gerald David Dellinger, 51, of Vale, was off-duty driving his personal vehicle when it veered off N.C. 27, down an embankment and into a tree, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said.
Dellinger left the scene and was later picked up at his home by the N.C. Highway Patrol. He was taken to the Lincoln County magistrate’s office, where he registered a .08 blood alcohol level, the sheriff’s office said. A person can be charged in North Carolina with driving while impaired if they register .08 or higher.
Dellinger was then taken to the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center in Lincolnton and released on a $1,000 bail. He is scheduled to appear in Lincoln County District Court on Feb. 19.
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The deputy submitted his resignation to Sheriff David Carpenter.
“We are human, and we make mistakes in life, with this comes one of the many challenges of dealing with our mistakes,” Carpenter said in a statement. “Drinking and driving will not be tolerated on any level for any person in our profession, and I hate what happened early this morning for both our office and Officer Dellinger.”