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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  • by To S on Jun 28, 2010 at 12:30 PM
    You need to understand that compassion and respect are 2 different different things. She disrespected her position as a LEO,her fellow officers,and citizens who are suppose to obey her and trust her "judgement" for thier safety.I understand she resigned after being caught, what you don't understand is that she was driving while still being an officer of the law which means she still had all rights of an officer,carrying a weapon , badge ect.There is a lot of other factors involved when you take the oath.Maybe a bartender would be a better career.
  • by Anon on Jun 20, 2010 at 04:09 AM
    Lul, owned.
  • by lb Location: franklin county on May 24, 2010 at 09:04 AM
    Sorry you feel that she should keep her job. As a law enforcement officials, she is held to a higher standard than your average joe.
  • by S Location: ENC on May 23, 2010 at 08:48 PM
    I know this young lady to be a very considerate,kind person who loved her career...I'm sure she is being much harder on herself for making this kind of huge mistake in judgment than anything that anyone can say about her....Having worked in the court system for many years, I also have no tolerance for drinking & driving; but I also have compassion for this person who,like ALL OF US, made a life-changing bad decision...And yes,all of us have made bad decisions,some worse than others. I find it so sad that when habitual DWI offenders are convicted,most still keep their jobs....this officer,however, did the right thing and resigned and she's still getting bashed....Give me a drunk over a hypocrit any day!
  • by lb Location: franklin county on May 23, 2010 at 08:00 PM
    Nothing more stupid than a drunk driver. I am glad she has lost her job. I hope she never works in law enforcement ever again.
  • by Victim of Hypocrits Location: Jamesville on May 21, 2010 at 12:24 PM
    I would have to agree with "To: Glass House" and "head up spike" completely. There is nothing like a hypocrit who claims that they never break a law and have a personal moral compass that makes them immune to doing anything wrong. These are the same kind of 'Hollier than thou' hypocrits that occupy my home town and most every other. "Glass House", don't even bother replying to my comment because we already know what you are going to say. Even when a condemning, finger pointing hypocrit in Jamesville found out that the whole community knew about the affair she had been hiding, she excused her hypocrit self by blaming her husband and kept pointing fingers and talking behind other people's backs. Being confronted with reality has no affect on you people so just save it.
  • by To: GLASS HOUSE on May 21, 2010 at 09:47 AM
    Glass house for you to sit on your pestal and say there are some of you who dont break the law is BS!!!!! You have never sped, ran a red light, stop sign ect...THERE IS NO ONE IN THIS WORLD WHO ALWAYS DOES THE RIGHT THING!!! YOU MORON YOUR OWN COMMENT PROVES THAT! Otherwise you would see that we are not condoning Deputy Leggetts behaivor simply saying she made a mistake and is paying for it dearly!!!!
  • by Glass House Location: Greenville on May 21, 2010 at 07:40 AM
    To the "we all make mistakes" and "no one is perfect" crowd ... your excuses are a bunch of bull! There is a multitude of US that don't break laws in addition to having a personal moral compass, or a code of conduct in which we live by. There is a big difference between being perfect, and knowing & doing what is RIGHT and WRONG. Your mistakes are your own, and the rest of us that consistently do the right thing have every right to throw as many "stones" as we want!
  • by LD Location: Greenville on May 20, 2010 at 09:48 PM
    She is a good person. She made a bad decision. The problem with most people with DWI is you do not hear about all the others. Unfortunately she was a Dep Sheriff. She is a person and can make mistakes. Problem is that the press and the general public wants to crucify her. I would like to see the press to show all the DWI and hear everyone cry. The reality of that would be that the press would get boring. With all the DWI, underage drinking etc is not posted like this. TK there are plenty that support you through your time of need. Let me see one perfect person. I have yet to see that one but in written history.
  • by head up spike! on May 20, 2010 at 02:43 PM
    Tonya, no one is perfect I hate to see you go through this, I know how it feels!! People who hate themselves and their lives find comfort in saying hurtful things to others! I know through speaking with you that you are more disappointed in yourself then anyone else could ever be! I am telling you NOT to be!!!! We are humans and we sin and make mistakes by nature! You have been a wonderful, supportive friend and you will land on your feet!!! I love you!
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