Pitt County Sheriff's Deputy Charged With DWI

By: Brittany Gunter
By: Brittany Gunter

A sheriff's deputy charged with DWI resigned Monday, according to the Pitt County sheriff.

According to the Pitt County Magistrate's Office, Pitt County Sheriff Deputy Tonya Leggett was arrested and charged with driving while impaired Sunday morning.

The magistrate's office says Leggett was stopped at 2:27 am Sunday morning. The office says she had a .10 blood alcohol level.

The office says Leggett was arrested and taken to the magistrate's office. The office says she was then released to a sober adult, on a written promise to appear in court on June 17th.

WITN spoke with Pitt County Sheriff Mac Manning Sunday afternoon, who said: "I talked with her early this morning, I guess soon after the incident took place, and she indicated that she would be submitting her resignation."

Manning also said: "She just expressed her regrets, she was very apologetic that this had occurred, she apologized to me, and obviously she’s embarrassed and just disappointed. She did indicate she thought it had been several hours that had passed since then and she thought she was okay, but obviously not."

Manning also said: "Obviously there’s zero tolerance for drunk driving, especially a deputy."

Manning said Leggett was part of the crime prevention unit of the Pitt County Sheriff's Office. He said she worked on neighborhood watches and did crime prevention talks.

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