On administrative leave after being charged with driving while impaired
Monday, November 19, 2012
The chief deputy at the Martinsville Sheriff’s Office has been placed on administrative leave after being charged with driving while impaired in North Carolina.
Major Laura Hopkins, who has been second in command at the sheriff’s office behind Sheriff Steve Draper, was charged Nov. 8 in Rockingham County, N.C., according to a Martinsville Sheriff’s Office release.
In the release, Draper said Hopkins was off duty and in her personal vehicle when she was stopped by the N.C. Highway Patrol on U.S. 220. She was not involved in an accident and she was released into the custody of her husband, the release said.
Draper said Hopkins was placed on administrative leave and other “serious disciplinary sanctions are being taken now and, possibly, in the future.”
He said that because it was a personnel matter, the sheriff’s office would make no other comments on Hopkins’ arrest.
Read Tuesday’s edition of the Martinsville Bulletin for more information.