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Man charged with DWI after hitting Sheriff's Office car

By Shavonne Potts
spotts@salisburypost.com
A Raleigh man was charged with driving while impaired after authorities say he caused a three-car collision that injured two Rowan Sheriff’s Office employees.
Joseph Theodore Sloane, 47, of 3207 Bedford Ave., was charged Tuesday with driving while impaired, having no operator’s license and failure to reduce speed.
Salisbury Police Officer Brad Jordan investigated the crash, which occurred at 1:32 p.m. at the intersection of East Innes and Arlington streets.
According to police reports, Sloane was driving a 1990 Jeep when he ran into the back of a 2006 Dodge Charger driven by Rowan Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Steve Schenk. Maj. Tim Bost was a passenger in the car, which is a Sheriff’s Office vehicle.
The car Schenk was driving ran into the back of a 2002 Chevrolet pickup driven by Julie Tutwiler, of Salisbury.
Schenk and Bost were taken to Rowan Regional Medical Center, where they were treated and released, said Sheriff’s Lt. Terry Agner.
Agner was unsure of the extent of the injuries Schenk and Bost suffered but said neither had returned to work as of Wednesday.
“The car was not driveable from the scene. It is possibly repairable. There was extensive damage to the rear and front end of the car,” Agner said.
According to an arrest warrant, the officer found the driver to be “unsteady” and having a “strong odor of alcohol.”
The warrant says Sloane’s blood-alcohol content was .15, nearly twice the 0.08 legal limit. His license was immediately revoked.
It was not clear if Tutwiler sustained any major injuries.
Sloane remained in the Rowan County Detention Center on Wednesday under $1,000 secured bond.

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