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SUNSET BEACH, NC (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER) — A chief assistant district attorney – and a lead prosecutor in the Zahra Baker case – was arrested early Tuesday in Sunset Beach and charged with driving while impaired.

Sunset Beach police arrested Eric Bellas and took him to the Brunswick County jail just before 2 a.m. He was released around 8:30 a.m., jail officials said.

Bellas is the chief assistant district attorney in District 25, which includes Burke, Caldwell and Catawba counties.

In his mug shot, Bellas appears to have a black eye and several scrapes on his face.

Sunset Beach police could not be reached immediately to provide more details on the circumstances of the DWI charge, but a source close to Bellas said it was a bicycle incident.

The N.C. Conference of District Attorneys is holding its summer association meeting this week at the Sea Trail Resort in Sunset Beach.

Catawba County District Attorney Jay Gaither declined to comment on Bellas’ arrest.

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