GASTON COUNTY, N.C. – The Gaston County EMS deputy chief charged with DWI has resigned.

According to Gaston County EMS, Clyde Cantrell resigned Wednesday, less than a week after being charged with DWI and open container after consuming alcohol. Cantrell was arrested Friday, November 10 and released from jail.

Cantrell worked with Gaston County EMS since 1993. He was placed on administrative leave following his arrest.

Gaston County EMS issued the following statement:

“Gaston County EMS continues to focus on our mission to preserve life and promote safety for the residents and visitors of Gaston County. The men and women of Gaston County EMS, paramedics and EMTs alike, are proud to serve in EMS in Gaston County every day, and continue to hold true to our mission, vision, and values.”