Ex-sheriff convicted of obstruction of justice seeks post

LEXINGTON, N.C. (AP) — The former North Carolina sheriff known for painting his jail cells pink and hosting a cable television show before pleading guilty to felony obstruction of justice wants his old job back.

Local news outlets report former Davidson County Sheriff Gerald Hege used Facebook to announce his plans on Wednesday to run for office. Hege tried to win the seat in 2010, but lost in a GOP primary.

Hege was indicted in 2003 and faced 15 charges, including obtaining property by false pretenses and embezzlement. He pleaded guilty in 2004 to two counts of felony obstruction of justice. Affidavits collected in the case accused him of racial profiling, taking county money and driving his souped up car at speeds of 150 mph (241 kph) when there was no apparent emergency.

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