Deputy quits after drunk driving arrest

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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.

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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.