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Local school board member accused of driving drunk

JACKSONVILLE, Onslow County - A member of the Onslow County Board of Education has been arrested for allegedly driving drunk.

Jonathan Andrew Merritt, 35, of Ashbury Park Lane in Richlands, was arrested Monday by the Richlands Police Department and charged with driving while impaired, misdemeanor drinking beer while driving, and revocation of his driver’s license, that's according to the Jacksonville Daily News and officials we spoke with in the county. 

A driver called dispatch Monday night to report he was traveling behind someone who was driving erratically, according to an offical. 

An officer pulled Merritt over around 11:30 p.m. as he was pulling out of the Speedway gas station on U.S. 258 near Koonce Fork Road in Richlands and deemed him to be impaired.  

Merritt refused a breathalyzer test, according to court documents, but a blood test was taken. The results have not come back yet.


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