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DUI charge results in leave of absence

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HILLSVILLE — The executive director of the Carroll Wellness Center has taken a leave of absence after allegedly hitting a parked police car while drunk on May 22.

Carroll County Deputy C.E. Edwards charged Gregory Randall Hampton, 45, of Galax with driving while intoxicated, second offense in five years, according to Carroll County General District Court paperwork.

The deputy noted in the report that Hampton had hit a parked police car and that the smell of alcohol was present.

A test yielded a blood-alcohol concentration of .10, the court papers said.

This was a second offense — Hampton had already had his license suspended from a driving while intoxicated charge stemming from a Dec. 21, 2008, incident in Roanoke County.

After being found guilty in March, Hampton received a fine of $1,000 and a restricted license, according to court records. He was also ordered to attend the VASAP program.

Hampton still has a pending case in Roanoke County.

Court paperwork in Carroll noted that Hampton was under non-compliance for the VASAP program, and the Carroll deputy served him with a summons for that.

Hampton was released on $5,000 secured bond.

The Carroll Wellness Center board of directors met May 25, according to Chairman Randall Gravley, who confirmed that Hampton had taken a voluntary leave of absence.

"The board supports Greg in his efforts to get back to the facility and deal with his personal issues and we're supporting him in that effort," Gravley said.