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Pender deputy suspended for drinking before alcohol test training

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PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- A Pender County Sheriff's deputy is back on duty after being suspended without pay for more than a week last month.

Sheriff Carson Smith says Jan. 11 Dep. Nick Carter was attending a class to re-certify operating an alcohol breath test in Jacksonville. During a practice exercise at around 10 a.m., Dep. Carter blew a 0.02. He was dismissed from the class.

Smith says Carter also violated a Sheriff's Office policy against operating a county-owned vehicle after the consuming any amount of alcohol. It led to Carter being suspended from Jan. 11 through Jan. 22 without pay. Smith says he also took further disciplinary actions

Carter has been with the Pender County Sheriff's Office since January 7, 2008.

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