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Richmond County investigator placed on leave after DUI arrest in N.C.

Michael McDonald (pictured above) has resigned from the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.
Michael McDonald (pictured above) has resigned from the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.(Source: WRDW)
Updated: May. 31, 2021 at 12:27 PM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - A Richmond County investigator has been placed on leave after being arrested for driving under the influence.

Today, the Sheriff’s Office confirmed they were aware that Investigator Michael McDonald was arrested last Saturday by North Carolina Highway Patrol.

McDonald was reportedly arrested at 1 a.m. in Craven County, North Carolina for driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding.

Sources confirmed that McDonald resigned following his arrest but he has since withdrew his resignation

He’s now placed on administrative leave while an internal investigation is conducted, the Sheriff’s Office says.

McDonald was hired by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office in July 2015 and promoted to Investigator in February 2020.

He specialized in narcotics investigations for the Sheriff’s Office and was a member of the SWAT Team.

We have reached out to the North Carolina Highway Patrol for more information.

Check back with News 12 for updates on this story.

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