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ONSLOW COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Pender County Sheriff’s deputy is out of a job after being charged with DWI after a car crash in Onslow County this morning.

The Sheriff’s Office says dispatch began receiving calls that a Pender County patrol car was driving unsafely on US 17.

William Paluck was in uniform when his patrol car rear ended another car, investigators said.

Onslow County Dispatch said the fender bender happened at 7:48 a.m. at the intersection of Old Maple Hurst Road and US 17.

The Pender County Sheriff’s Office said before the crash, Paluck had stopped by his duty station at Topsail Middle School, where he was the school resource officer.

A worker at a gas station at the crash scene says the deputy was swerving all over the road.

Capt. J.T. Hock with the Pender County Sheriff’s Office says Paluck was notified that he no longer has a job as a result of what happened.

Paluck is due in Onslow County Court Sept. 18.

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  • Wondering

    Has anyone else given thought that alcohol had no involvement in this situation?

    How about the thought that, maybe, just maybe, he has previously been “offered treatment” for the use of “some intoxicating substance”?

  • Bill OBrien

    I post on here using my real name because I will never say anything that I wouoldn’t say to a person’s face. I worked with Billy too and I wish nothing but the best for him and his family. He has some tough times ahead, no doubt. This is more than just a minor mistake though. He was driving erratically enough that he had been called in by several drivers so I am making the assumption that he was more than just a little intoxicated. He made the decision to start drinking before going to work. He then made the decision to operate a sheriff’s vehicle while impaired and tried to get to the school where he was supposed to be guarding the kids and keeping that environment safe. What “other side to the story” is there? I have never known him to do anything like this while on duty but, I haven’t been around him in about a year. A lot can happen to a person in that amount of time. I hope he gets the help he needs and fixes his life. Thank God nobody was done anymore harm than just some hurt feelings. This could have been a much worse situation. I think one of the things that I really take offense to is the fact that the magistrate gave him a court date six months out. I have arrested hardcore felons who had court dates assigned 30 days out from the date of their arrest. That is the standard! This smacks of preferential treatment! Give him a court date 6 months out in the hope that the trooper transfers or doesn’t show. Heck, by that time the news will have forgotten about it and nobody will care if it just gets dismissed. That does nothing but destroy the credibility of the justice system which is sure taking a lot of hits lately! You are right though…there are two sides to every story…both of these don’t smell too good though.

  • godmybehind

    Man of god my behind…..What man of god is drunk at 8 a.m., loves children but gets in a car and puts lives in danger………. uh huh. This was no mistake, it was intentional. I dont give a ratsazz if he was the pope. God doesn’t change things, humans change things.

  • Das Weibstück

    Just imagine the lawsuit if this goon had hurt or killed someone in a county owned Police car, drunk. Thats why there is no 2nd chance.

  • Get Real

    Really…. I realize that they are human and can make mistakes. This was not a MISTAKE! He chose this behavior and if he had hit one of you on the road you would want the same treatment given to him as a common criminal. He might be “good christian man” and we need to forgive his sin, but not condone the actions. He needs to be justly punished and answer for his crime in a court of law. (By the way, it is in Onslow County, not Pender County.)

    He might be a good guy and is going to be hit hard by the DECISION HE MADE!!!!! How would he feel if his child, mother, father, brother sister, grandmother, grandfather were either injured or killed by a drunken driver. I think the publicity is probably the worse punishment for him. He will probably not drive for 30 days and have to go through a alcohol assessment with one of the companies in Wilmington. This will all cost him initally $100.00 but the big slam dunk is the attorney costs and insurance costs. I hope that they put an interlock system on his car. Maybe all Pender County Deputies need to have an interlock system on their car before they can start!

    Grow up Billy Paluck!!!!! Set an example for your children, because you certainly haven’t with this behavior!

  • Freind

    Paluck is very much a wonderful man. He is only human, so with that being said we all make mistakes. No matter what it maybe. He is a family man and loves children. Also he’s a man of God, so lets all pull together and pray for my friend and his family. God changes things.

  • Bill OBrien

    He was working as an SRO and has been for a long time. That is hardly dealing with “the scum of the earth”. When he wasn’t in the school, Billy was usually doing prisoner transport or bailiff duties. What I would like to see is some people holding the Sheriff and his command staff responsible for some of these things.

  • DP101

    Like I said, there are two sides to a story……..and I won’t be make any assumptions, are you???

  • Bill OBrien

    I worked with Billy and I know he is a decent person. I was stunned when I heard that his had happened. I don’t know what is going on in his life right now that would drive him to make a choice like this but, he did. Luckily, nobody was hurt seriously. Careers can be rebuilt (or build new ones!). I hope that Billy gets the help he needs in the immediate future.

    The court date, sorry Billy, is a bit ridiculous and is one of the biggest problems with charging DUI’s. I could understand providing him with 1-2 months to prepare for court but SIX MONTHS? That means that in 6 months he will have his first appearance and a new court date assigned…likely another 1-2 months down the road. That court date almost always gets continued for another 1-2 months. That means that it could possibly be an entire year before Billy has his day in court. That helps absolutely nothing.

    It gives the appearance that this case is already being buried away because he is law enforcement. He was also a bailiff for quite some time so I can only imagine the preferntial treatment he will receive from the VERY liberal ADA in the Pender court.

    I have no way of knowing whether this is the case or not but, if the scenario I discussed above plays out then, this case will NOT be heard before the next elections…coincedence? Maybe, I don’t believe in it but I guess it is possible. One thing is for certain, things do need changing.

    First we had Mark Sloan picking up a transexual hooker in Wilmington (something he still claims was a setup!). We have had several other alcohol involved cases, extramarrital affairs, car wrecks, animal control being investigated now. I know that all these guys are “good Christians” but, we have to stop letting that be the scapegoat for bad behavior. It is time to put the big boy pants on and treat the “good ol’ boys” the same as some of us outsiders.

    I hope that Billy gets the help he needs. He IS a great dad for his kids and this is going to cause a lot of pain in the immediate future. Truly good people can turn stuff like this into something positive. I hope that Billy has that in him

  • Guest111111

    Why aren’t they offering treatment before simply firing him? He presents a large investment in training by the County. Seems like they would benefit from showing the public that officers are human beings under a great deal of work related stress along with very low pay in addition to the stressors we all have, but can work to become sober, become better officers and citizens.

  • MParker

    Having been nearly killed on two occasions by a drunk driver, I am furious that William Paluk, a deputy who is supposed to uphold the law, made the decision to drive while impaired.

    And to top if all off, he was on the highway this morning before 8 A.M. God help us!

    I sincerely hope that he receives maximum punishment for his incredibly stupid and reckless behavior. And to think there are people on this site who are trying to excuse his foolish judgment.

    It’s a miricle he was not driving faster when he rear-ended the other car; somebody could have been killed or seriously injured.

    Time for tougher alcohol control laws. Alcohol–our most dangerous recreational drug!

  • DP101

    I knew Billy at Burgaw PD and never knew of him drinking before or during work, I’m thinking is this a mistake. He has always been an upstanding officer, Dad, person, friend! Well I certainly don’t know all the details…there are two sides to a story, so I won’t be making any assumptions until I get both sides. Good luck to Billy and his family!

  • Wowow

    Upstanding person, dad, etc.?? Apparently you do not know that much about him outside the “uniform.” Sad for his kids..

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