A candidate running for Moore County Sheriff was arrested Friday. Mike Connor, the former Aberdeen Police Chief, has been charged with driving while impaired by North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper D. Kellaway.
The charges follow after an accident Friday evening, according to the Montgomery County Detention Center.
Connor was also charged with driving left of center.
The charges did not populate on the N.C. Courts Calendar website over the weekend. When Sandhills Sentinel spoke to the Montgomery County Clerk of Courts Office Tuesday morning, they explained that a misspelling of Connor’s name was the reason for the delay in being able to see the charges online.
Connor was also charged in July with a misdemeanor hit-and-run that occurred in Biscoe. In the Bisco Police Department’s report, Connor is accused of hitting a Honda Odyssey van with his Dodge Ram pickup truck and leaving the scene at an ABC store in Montgomery County.
Connor made a public statement he was not aware he struck the van until he returned a phone call that a Biscoe Officer left for him.
Connor’s 34 year law enforcement career began as an Aberdeen Patrol Officer, and he retired as chief of police. Connor, who is a Democrat, is running against Republican Ronnie Fields and Independent candidate Steve Adams.
Connor is expected to appear in court on November 15 and is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Feature photo from Mike Connor for Sheriff’s Facebook Page.