Off-duty Catawba County sheriff’s deputy fired after DWI arrest, police say


An off-duty deputy with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office has been fired after being arrested for driving while impaired in Granite Falls, police say.

Officials said Ryan Lee Hamby, 30, was arrested on Saturday at around 3:30 a.m. by the Granite Falls Police Department.

Police said an officer responded to Murphy’s Express Convenience Store on Hickory Boulevard to a report of a suspicious truck at the fuel pumps.

The officer was told the 2013 GMC truck had been at the fuel pumps for the last hour with the engine running and the driver inside was possibly passed out.

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The officer found Hamby in the truck when he arrived and quickly formed the opinion that Hamby was impaired and arrested him.

Hamby consented to taking a breathalyzer test and the results of the test were 0.15, nearly twice above the legal limit.

Hamby was taken before a Caldwell County magistrate, where probable cause was found to charge him with driving while impaired.

Hamby was given a custody release by the magistrate and was released at the Magistrate’s Office.

The former deputy is scheduled to appear in the Caldwell County District Court on June 16.

This is a developing story. Check wsoctv.com for updates.

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