NC town’s newly-elected mayor facing DWI, gun charges

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The newly-elected mayor of Sharpsburg was arrested less than an hour after the polls closed Tuesday, according to police.

Police received a citizen’s complaint regarding Robert Williams Jr. after the complainant said Williams nearly caused a crash near Sharpsburg’s town hall. Police then got behind his vehicle and while driving behind Williams, he ran off the right side of the road, police said.

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At 8:10 p.m., officers pulled him over at Mill Branch Road and Sandy Knob Lane. Williams was arrested at 8:29 p.m., 59 minutes after polls closed across the state.

Williams was arrested and booked into the Nash County Detention Center on charges of DWI, failure to maintain lane control, possession of concealed firearm, possession of firearm after consuming alcohol, possession of firearm on government property, and resist, obstruct, delay of an officer.

Police said Williams let them know when he was arrested that he had just been elected mayor of the town.

The mayor-elect’s BAC was .13, according to police.

Williams bonded out of jail with a written promise to appear on June 5.

He won his race by seven votes over the incumbent, Mayor Randy Weaver.

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