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Chatham Sheriff's office honored by Mothers Against Drunk Drivers

Posted Friday, March 25, 2011

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Pittsboro, NC - The annual Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) of North Carolina recently held their annual awards banquet and honored Chatham County Sheriff Richard H. Webster and his staff with the “Western North Carolina Agency Hero Award”.

The honor is given to a law enforcement agency that has demonstrated excellence in implementing innovative and creative techniques in the detection and deterrence of impaired driving. The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office made 174 Driving While Impaired arrests in 2010.

In 2009, the Sheriff’s Office made 121 arrests, which is a 67 percent increase over the past year and nearly a 500 percent increase over the last five years. In 2009, Chatham County deputies ranked 15th out of the 100 Sheriff’s Offices in North Carolina in DWI arrests. Sheriff Webster expects that ranking to improve for 2010.

Also honored was Orange / Chatham Assistant District Attorney Edward Matt Craven, a UNC-Charlotte graduate who received the 2010 Eastern NC Prosecutor MADD Award. This award is given to a prosecutor who goes above and beyond his job requirements. A prosecutor who is dedicated to and involved within their community, is creative and innovative, believes in MADD’s mission, and is dedicated to the ideals of justice.

After Craven graduated from law school in Boston, he, his wife and daughter moved back to North Carolina in 2006. He was hired by District Attorney, Colon Willoughby in Wake County that same year and tried more than 1000 DWI cases. He began working for Orange / Chatham District Attorney James Woodall last year.

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