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Veteran deputy facing termination following DUI arrest
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A veteran Dawson County deputy is on unpaid administrative leave following his DUI arrest in Lumpkin County last week.

Sheriff Billy Carlisle said Lt. James "Jim" Ward Morrison, 50, will be terminated once his office receives the Georgia State Patrol's arrest report.

"Once we have received the reports, his employment with the Dawson County Sheriff's Office will be terminated," he said.

Morrison was arrested before midnight April 27 after he wrecked his personal vehicle near the intersection of K Bentley and Washrider roads, according to state patrol spokeswoman Robin Stone.

He was not injured in the single vehicle crash, authorities said.

Charged with driving under the influence, Morrison was booked into the Lumpkin County Jail and released on $1,700 bond in the early morning hours of April 28, according to jail records.

Stone said a breath test showed his blood alcohol concentration at 0.124 at the time of the arrest, well above the state's 0.08 percent blood alcohol limit. The charge is a misdemeanor.

Morrison has been with the Dawson County Sheriff's Office since June 2003. He currently serves as a lieutenant in the patrol division.