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MOUNTGILEAD, N.C. -- The Mount Gilead Police Chief has been suspended following a traffic stop in Cabarrus County on Thursday.

City officials confirm to NBCCharlotte that Chief of Police Cleve Willoughby has been suspended pending the conclusion of an investigation by the town.

Authorities say Willoughby was pulled over driving a town-owned vehicle while allegedly under the influence of alcohol.

A witness called the Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office Thursday afternoon to report an erratic driver who nearly caused a wreck.

The deputy conducted a traffic stop, but officials with the Sheriff's Office say although alcohol was involved, there was not enough to warrant charges and no arrests were made in the case.

Despite that judgment, the deputy would not let Willoughby or his passenger, a Mount Gilead police officer, drive the vehicle.

Town officials say another Mount Gilead officer retrieved Willoughby and his passenger.

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