Deputy charged with DWI after off-duty motorcycle crash

Published: Oct. 1, 2012 at 7:23 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 31, 2012 at 7:25 PM EDT
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LINCOLN COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - A Lincoln County Sheriff's deputy is facing drunk driving charges after he was injured in an off-duty motorcycle crash.

According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, 24-year-old Deputy Matthew Stephen Hovis has been charged with DWI in connection with a wreck that happened in Gaston County on Sunday night.

Officials say Deputy Hovis was off-duty when his motorcycle wrecked at about 10:15 p.m. Sunday on Bud Black Road, just inside the Gaston County line. No other vehicles were involved.

Deputy Hovis was taken to Gaston Memorial Hospital.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said Hovis was in critical condition in the surgical intensive care unit, with possible head injuries.

Tuesday, WBTV talked to Hovis' girlfriend. She said he is on a ventilator and sedated for pain, but his blood pressure is good.

Tuesday afternoon, Gaston Memorial Hospital said Hovis was now listed in serious condition, an upgrade from critical.

Troopers charged Hovis with DWI after noticing "a strong odor of alcohol on his breath" per the NCHP report.  The results of his Blood Alcohol Level (BAL) test are not back yet.

Hovis has a court appearance on December 14th in Gaston County.

There is a Facebook page supporting Hovis. You can find it here.

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