A former Raleigh police officer who was charged with drunk driving last year faces new charges.
Taylor D. Hurst, 31, of Tortuga Street in Rolesville was arrested Sept. 2 in Pender County on several charges: driving while impaired, impersonating a police officer, failure to heed a light or siren and failure to maintain lane control.
Hurst, a former senior officer who was assigned to the Raleigh Police Department’s Field Operations Division, had a blood alcohol level of 0.20, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08, according to state records.
He was arrested by a State Highway Patrol trooper and was released on $1,500 bail, according to a spokeswoman for Pender County in Eastern North Carolina.
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Hurst is scheduled to appear in a Pender County District Court on Oct. 24 and Oct. 31. He is also expected to appear in a Wake County courtroom Sept. 27 on charges from 2016.
Hurst was still employed with the police department but was off-duty on Feb. 2, 2016, when the 2002 Toyota truck he was driving was involved in an accident that injured two people on N.C. 96, near the intersection of Jack Jones Road.
Hurst had a blood alcohol level of 0.17, according to a citation from the Highway Patrol. He was charged with driving while impaired and carrying a concealed gun while under the influence of alcohol.
At the time of his arrest last year, Raleigh police said Hurst joined the department in November 2006. He retired from the department in March 2016, police spokeswoman Donna-maria Harris said Thursday.
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