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Deputy in critical condition after crash

Staff Writer

A Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy has been charged with DWI and remains in the hospital following a motorcycle wreck Sunday night in Gaston County.
Deputy Matt Hovis is currently in critical condition in the surgical intensive care unit at Gaston Memorial Hospital with possible head injuries, a Sheriff’s Office press release said.
Hovis, who was off duty at the time of the wreck, was traveling down Bud Black Road in Gaston County when his motorcycle crashed just before 10:20 p.m.
Sheriff David Carpenter told the Times-News on Tuesday the deputy has been charged with DWI, but that he was not going to discuss plans to discipline Hovis for the incident at this time.
“There will come a time when we will deal with the circumstances surrounding the accident,” he said. “However, at the present, we are focusing our attention on his well-being and him surviving from the head injuries he has received.”
No one with the The North Carolina Highway Patrol was available at time of publication to confirm the charge or additional information about the wreck.
The NCSP is conducting an ongoing investigation into the incident.

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