MONROE, NC - A Monroe police officer who was arrested for DWI last week has resigned, according to city officials.
Officer Darren Lee Nash, 34, resigned Monday, Feb. 8. The action takes effect immediately.
As we've reported, at 6:50 p.m. Monroe police were called to 2200 W. Roosevelt Blvd. in reference to a possible medical call for an individual in a vehicle.
Upon arrival, police observed Nash behind the wheel of his vehicle.
During the investigation it was determined Nash was impaired and he was transported to the Union County Jail where an Intoxylizer test was to be administered. Nash refused to submit to test and was charged with misdemeanor Driving While Impaired.
He was released under a written promise to appear and has an initial court date of May 11.
Nash was placed on unpaid administrative leave until he resigned on Monday.
The internal investigation has been suspended, but the police department says they're still investigating this case.
Statement from Monroe Police Chief Bryan Gilliard: “As police officers, we are all human, but we are held to higher standards than those we serve. This is an unfortunate incident that is not a direct reflection of our department and the level of service we provide. We will not treat this investigation any differently and are committed to ensuring justice is served.”
Nash has been a police officer with the City of Monroe since Nov. 17, 2008.