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NC agent investigated over fender bender is fired

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By MICHAEL BIESECKER
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- A special agent for North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement has been fired after wrecking his state car while driving with a revoked license.

Ronald Gilliard was dismissed following an internal investigation of a Dec. 14 fender bender in Charlotte. Records showed the 46-year-old Gilliard's driver's license was revoked at the time after he failed to appear in court in Durham County for two traffic citations. ALE policies require agents to immediately inform a supervisor following the revocation or suspension of driving privileges.

North Carolina Department of Public Safety spokesman Ernie Seneca says Gilliard was dismissed January 24, the day after the Associated Press first reported on his wreck.

Gilliard has appealed his firing. Seneca says a final decision on the dismissal would be made later this month.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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