Fort Bragg officer accused of assault, DWI after bar incident
A 41-year-old Army officer has been charged with serious offenses after an alleged incident in Fayetteville, North Carolina, in late August. The alleged incident occurred just four days after the officer arrived at Fort Bragg. Authorities say the officer had been denied service at a nightclub due to his alleged level of intoxication, and then matters grew more serious.
An off-duty cop was reportedly working security and says the Army officer was in a minor fender bender in the parking lot. Two more off-duty officers reportedly approached the Army officer’s sport utility vehicle, apparently to look into the accident. That encounter grew into an investigation into potential drunk driving charges. But the Fort Bragg officer is now facing serious assault charges, in addition to DWI and open bottle allegations.
The off-duty cops say that the Army man put the SUV into drive when told to shut the engine off. The off-duty police officers claim that the Army officer started pulling away from the scene. One of the people working security reportedly reached into the SUV in an attempt to stop the car. He says some kind of struggle ensued. The moving SUV then struck a small truck.
Authorities charged the Fort Bragg man with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official last week. He is also accused of having an open container of alcohol in the passenger area of a vehicle. Authorities say that they obtained a blood sample after the incident to be used as evidence of drunk driving. Toxicology tests remain pending.
The Fort Bragg officer was booked into jail, with bail set at ,000.
Source: The Fayetteville Observer, “Fort Bragg officer charged with DWI, assaulting 3 Fayetteville police officers,” Nancy McCleary, Aug. 30, 2012