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Former sheriff’s lieutenant sentenced to jail after plea to DWI


By Brian Freskos

WILMINGTON, NC ( -- A former lieutenant with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office will spend seven days in jail after pleading guilty Monday afternoon to driving drunk during last year's Labor Day weekend, an official said.

The deputy, Lawrence Miller, then 44, resigned from his post with the patrol unit after he was charged with DWI in September 2011, ending a career with the sheriff’s office that spanned 19 years.

The jail sentence was imposed by a judge in a New Hanover County courtroom after it was determined that Miller was driving drunk while transporting a passenger who was younger than 16, said New Hanover County Assistant District Attorney Jason Smith.

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