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FIRST ON 3: Pender commissioner faces third DWI; colleagues did not know

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PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- Pender County Commissioner David Williams heads back to court in Mecklenburg County next month on a DWI charge. He was pulled over in Matthews in December.

Fellow Pender County Commissioners say they were shocked when we told them the news today and had no clue that this had happened. And it turns out that this is not the first time Commissioner Williams has had problems with drinking and driving.

According to criminal records, Williams was convicted twice for DWI: once in 1990 and again in 1994.

In December, Matthews Police pulled him over after they spotted "a suspicious vehicle stopped in the middle of" US 74. The report says Williams's blood alcohol level of 0.15. Williams's court date is next month.

Residents in Pender County were taken aback by the news.

"I don't think anybody should be driving and drinking, especially someone representing the public," said Margaret Jordan, who lives in Pender County.

"That just shows reckless behavior," said Tarynn Cureton, who also lives in Pender County. "I mean you have to have integrity for your post if you're a commissioner. It's not like you work for a gas station, you're a county commissioner. You should know better."

Fellow commissioner F.D. Rivenbark says he was shocked to hear about the charge and previous convictions, but had nothing negative to say about Williams.

"The only comment I'd have on that is that he's always been very nice to me," Rivenbark said. "We've always worked together to take care of the needs of Pender County in the commission. His personal life is his personal life."

Williams also has a history of speeding and other traffic violations.

We spoke with Williams by phone this afternoon. He said he did not want to comment about the charge. He says his lawyer has advised him to not say anything publicly.

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