Off-duty Pender County deputy fired after crashing patrol car, DWI charge

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Pender County Law Enforcement Center (Photo: WWAY)

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Pender County deputy was off duty when he crashed his patrol car in Onslow County while allegedly under the influence, according to the Pender County Sheriff’s Office.

It happened around 1:00 a.m. on Saturday on Dawson Cabin Road, according to a news release.

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The sheriff’s office said Deputy Paul Horchler was driving his vehicle when he ran off the road, struck a ditch and overturned several times, coming to rest in a private yard.

Horchler was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is conducting the collision investigation. Horchler was charged by the Highway Patrol with DWI, Reckless Driving and Seat Belt violation.

Sheriff Cutler was immediately notified of the collision and the facts of the collision. Sheriff Cutler had Horchler dismissed from the Pender County Sheriff’s Office.

“I am surprised and disappointed by these events and we will not tolerate this behavior by any of our deputies,” Sheriff Cutler said in the news release.