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ONLY ON 3: Sheriff steamed after deputy caught showing off in patrol car

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A New Hanover County Sheriff’s deputy is spending his days off this week wondering when and if he can go back to work.

The sheriff says he’s launched an investigation of the deputy who decided to show off in his patrol car over the weekend.

It all started when deputies were called Sunday to an industrial park off North College Road, where people were riding motorcycles.

“We got a call that they were out there, and the deputies went out to ask them to leave,” Sheriff Ed McMahon said.

But when all was said and done, the tire marks on the pavement were not just from motorcycles. After speaking to the group, one deputy decided to put on a show of his own, spinning his tires and doing donuts in the parking lot.

Sheriff McMahon is not happy with the stunt that was caught on camera.

“The information I have it was Dep. Chad Hollar,” McMahon said. “I do know that Dep. Hollar has had a stellar career with us and has had a lot of accolades, does a great job. But I also know from that video that it was very poor judgement, inappropriate and unacceptable behavior.”

Sheriff McMahon says his office wasted no time beginning its investigation.

“(They) reached out, found out who the deputies were, immediately sent them both home, parked the vehicles, called me about it,” McMahon said. “They are not set to come back to work for a few days, so we figured we could look at it today. You have a knee-jerk reaction, because it is upsetting to see something like that. It upsets me, but I want to get all the facts, all the details together.”

The Sheriff’s Office says Dep. Hollar responded as back-up. No word yet on what kind of discipline he may face.

The deputy who initially responded to the call at the industrial park is not in any trouble at this point.

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