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Sharpsburg mayor pleads guilty to DWI

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Sharpsburg Mayor Robert L. Williams Jr.

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BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Staff Writer

Monday, January 14, 2019

Sharpsburg's mayor pleaded guilty Monday to driving while impaired in connection to his election-night arrest.

Robert L. Williams Jr. was sentenced to a day in jail, 24 hours of community service and two years probation.

Williams' blood alcohol content was .13, according to court records. The legal limit in North Carolina is .08.

Williams was elected May 8 after a court-ordered rematch of the race he lost by three votes in 2017.

Williams appeared to be impaired as he left town hall, which was a Nash County polling site, on election night.

Police said Williams nearly caused a crash by almost backing his truck into another vehicle. An officer tried to pull  Williams over after he failed to maintain lanes, but Williams didn't stop until he reached his residence.

Williams was arrested and charged with DWI, resisting an officer and carrying a concealed gun. The status of the latter two counts weren't immediately available Monday.

Williams faced a backlash later in the year for replacing the town's police commissioner and abruptly ending a town council meeting.

The N.C. Police Benevolent Association filed a letter of complaint that accused Williams of making racially-charged insults and inappropriate hand gestures.

The letter states that Williams followed several Sharpsburg officers, including the police officer who wrote his ticket.

Williams showed up to a town meeting on the issue but refused to be recognized for quorum purposes. He told a television news reporter to get out of his face and stormed out when the reporter asked whether he had been drinking alcohol, according to WRAL.

Williams is a former councilman and has been mayor of Sharpsburg before.

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