Eastern Carolina After Dark

It's not a place too many people would choose to spend the late night hours -- the booking room of a jail. But as we continue our series, Eastern Carolina After Dark, we follow Chelsea Donovan to the Carteret County jail in Beaufort.

We brought our cameras in after dark on a Thursday night to see the work of lawmen in the wee hours of the night. After working at the jail six years sergeant Debbie Bridgers has seen a lot of people , walk through her booking room. Late at night she typically sees a lot of D.U.I.'s, drug charges, and probation violations.

At 9:00 p.m. Emerald Isle police bring in a man charged with D.W.I. after officers say he blew a .18 on a breathalizer test -- well over the legal limit. At 10:50 p.m. the sheriffs department brings in a man charged with trespassing, and resisting and officer. At 12:30 a.m. Atlantic Beach police bring in a man charged with felony assault by strangulation. One minute later two undercover drug deputies with the sheriffs department bring in two individuals they picked up in Beaufort -- both on drug charges. Lawmen say they caught the two with marijuana at their home.

The jail is currently over capacity, housing around 140 inmates.

We continue our week-long series Eastern Carolina After Dark Wednesday in Kinston. Audrey Washington spent the overnight hours there, and shows you how officers handled several calls, including a chase and a domestic violence report.


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