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Deputy due in court for DWI charge

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer

A Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy is due in a Gaston County courtroom today for allegedly driving drunk and crashing his motorcycle along an area roadway in October, sending him to the hospital.
It will be Deputy Matt Hovis’s first appearance on the DWI charge, according to Gaston County courthouse officials.
Hovis spent several weeks in the hospital earlier this fall after he sustained significant head injuries from the crash on Bud Black Road, near the Gaston/Lincoln County line.
The deputy was off duty at the time of the wreck, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said.
Hovis, who is currently out of work receiving continued treatment for his injuries, remains employed with the local law enforcement agency at this time, Sheriff David Carpenter told the Times-News on Thursday.
“He’s not medically cleared yet to go back to work,” he said.
In addition, results of the deputy’s blood alcohol content at the time of the incident have yet to come back from the State Crime Lab in Raleigh.
Carpenter said he does not plan to make a decision on Hovis’ future career with the department until he receives the lab results.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol investigated the crash.

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