DOCUMENTS: Deputy charged with DWI left young kids home alone

Published: Oct. 28, 2019 at 10:46 AM EDT
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Charges are mounting against a Lenoir County deputy after her arrest Monday morning for DWI and driving down the wrong side of a four-lane highway.

Deputy Karen Lee, a school resource officer at Frink Middle School in La Grange, was charged with DWI, open container, and reckless driving by state troopers in Craven County.

Craven County deputies also charged her with three counts of child abuse after they say her three young children, ages 2, 3 and 4, were found home alone with no supervision.

Court records show Lee's blood alcohol content was .19, more than twice the legal limit.

Troopers in Kinston say around 1:35 a.m., Lee's car was traveling east on the wrong side of U.S. 70 when it sideswiped an oncoming tractor trailer. The crash happened between Cove City and Dover in Jones County.

Lee was stopped a short time later in Craven County, according to troopers.

Court documents say the deputy had an "odor of an alcoholic beverage, red glassy eyes and open container".

Lenoir County Sheriff Ronnie Ingram said Lee made a bad choice and is no longer with the department. He would not say if she quit or was fired from her job.

The 33-year-old Cove City resident was released to her parents' custody and has a December 3rd court date in New Bern.

Back on October 16th, the deputy was featured on a story about an 8th grader who dressed up as Lee for twin day at the middle school.