Deputy quits after drunk driving arrest

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Submitted: Fri, 10/25/2013 - 8:39pm
Updated: Fri, 10/25/2013 - 11:44pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A New Hanover County Sheriff’s deputy has quit after being charged with DWI.

The Sheriff’s Office says the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office charged Rudolph Howell for DWI Thursday night during a checking station on US 17.

Howell, a patrol officer who started with NHSO in 2004, resigned from the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office before an internal investigation began.

“I continue to stand firm on my position concerning alcohol-related incidents,” Sheriff Ed McMahon said in a statement.


  • I Care Why says:

    People have no pride anymore between New Hanover and Brunswick seems like once a month there is an officer in the news losing their job over something that borderlines retardation. They sure set fine examples.

  • tke1 says:

    He didn’t believe the “three B’s” that are the downfall of law enforcement officers: Broads, Booze and Bills (not necessarily in that order).

  • Manowar says:

    This makes 50 for 26 months that have been in trouble for 3 counties.
    Revamp hiring process or get control of departments.

  • taxpayer says:

    was hoping for a little leniency since he’s in law enforcement. Fortunately, in this case, the officer(s) involved in the checkpoint applied the law equally…as it should be, but often isn’t.

  • awesomeness says:

    Serve and protect.

    I hope he had a lot of important arrests that go to court soon, only to be thrown out. Great job.

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