FIRST ON 3: Pender sheriff discusses deputy’s DWI charge

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Submitted: Wed, 03/20/2013 - 7:39pm
Updated: Thu, 03/21/2013 - 1:04pm

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — After firing a deputy involved in an alleged drunk driving crash yesterday, Pender County Sheriff Carson Smith wants to make sure nothing like that happens again.

Sheriff Smith says William Paluck was charged on citation but not taken to a magistrate.

Smith says he did not see this coming, and he does not understand everything that happened yesterday.

“He made a huge mistake yesterday that will affect the rest of his life,” Smith said. “I feel blessed as sheriff that nobody was hurt.”

Sheriff Smith also said Paluck had not stopped by his duty station at Topsail Middle School like we were told.

He also says the Sheriff’s Office has reached out to the school. He says no one there saw any warning signs either.

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9 Comments on "FIRST ON 3: Pender sheriff discusses deputy’s DWI charge"

2015 years 8 months ago

“I feel blessed as sheriff that nobody was hurt”.

Is the reason, as Sheriff, that you “feel blessed” because you can’t afford to be named in anymore lawsuits?

If you, really, did not see this coming, have such a poor understanding of what happened, and really had no warning signs then you have a really poor memory, don’t have a clue as to what is happening in your agency or are not being forthcoming. Many, who have previously voted for you are beginning to think that it is a combination of the latter two..

GuestBill OBrien
2015 years 8 months ago

This is somewhat deceiving and makes it sound like the Highway Patrol didn’t do their job. Paluck was issued a citation and taken to the hospital. He was given a blood test versus the intoxilyzer…pretty hard to fight blood results in court. The magistrate came to the hospital and released Paluck from their so they wouldn’t have to house him in the Onslow jail. Reports are coming out that his BAC was .14. That is pretty high for 8am and can’t be attributed to being tired or a blood sugar problem. What nobody can understand is what is the deal with the court date 6 months out? It is a virtual certainty that this case won’t be heard for a year if not longer. The one thing I would advise Billy if he were listening is to man up! Take responsibility for your actions…a novel idea that far too few people do anymore. It will be painful but, would mean much more to your family in the long run. Take responsibility, move on and get some help.

Wilmington Observer
2015 years 8 months ago

The blood will have to be sent to the SBI lab for testing. The lab has a tremendous backlog. It would be a fair assumption to assume that was taken into account when setting a court date.

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Bill O'Brien
2015 years 8 months ago

I could almost agree with that if I didn’t know for a fact that that just isn’t the case. I have arrested plenty of cases like this and proceeded until the results came back. This has started to become a bigger issue here in NC. If it is attributed to a backlog then something has got to be done about that…NOW! A magistrate should not be taking it upon his or herself to be setting court dates this far out.

Tracie C
2015 years 8 months ago


2015 years 8 months ago

When you post in all caps you look stupid…. When you post in all caps and your just wrong you confirm it…. Tracie, listen honey, I know that your a little upset because when you got your DWI and you paid all those fines and the Trooper put you of all people in handcuffs even though you had “never hurt anyone in your life” and that you “wouldn’t have hurt anyone” that night etc etc…. That it was in fact life altering. But please try and refrain from trying to decipher WWAY’s inability to report actual facts. Clearly stated below by others ….. people involved in wrecks and transported to the hospital are routinely released on a citation at the hospital. If not Officers would spend hours waiting on the Doctors to release them.

No……we are not F&*$ING kidding you, You really do sound like an idiot.

And then to justify why “people” drink and drive because you have no concept of why he was released…. Please stay in Pender County. He lost his job, he’s gonna get convicted if its above a .08. Deal with it. Deputy or Tracie C. It does not matter, no one should be drinking and driving. Our society has no place for that type of behavior.

Another response to another idiot
2015 years 8 months ago

Seriously, are you and Tracie C related?

Shame on you two for keeping it in the family.

2015 years 8 months ago

A Citation??? Why was he not locked up like anyone else who gets a DUI. What did he blow or did he not blow and no blood alchol test done so there will be no case. This stinks! Shame on that state trooper! Staet trooper should be held accountable for his actions!

2015 years 8 months ago

What was his BAC? What kind of warnings signs? If he was charged, why wasn’t he booked or have to appear before the magistrate?