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City officer resigns after drunk driving arrest on NC coast

A Hendersonville police officer resigned on July 20, one day after he was arrested for drunk driving, speeding and carrying a concealed weapon on the North Carolina coast, the city said in a statement on Tuesday night.


Chief Herbert Blake confirmed that Sgt. Rob Underwood had resigned after WLOS-TV asked questions about the incident.

“We learned that Rob Underwood was arrested for DWI, speeding, and carrying a concealed handgun while consuming or under the influence of alcohol in Beaufort County, North Carolina, on the evening of Friday, July 19," Blake said in the statement. "Early the next day, he submitted his resignation. Rob Underwood was hired in May 2006. He attained the rank of Sergeant in August of 2017. His resignation was effective immediately on July 20, 2019.”

 Underwood became the second Hendersonville police officer to resign after a DWI arrest in the past seven months. Police officer Andre "Andy" Massey resigned on Jan. 4 after he was charged with DWI and hit-and-run in a Dec. 29 incident on Haywood Road.