A police officer from Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, has resigned his position after being arrested on suspicion of driving while impaired. The former officer resigned last week, although the criminal case has not been resolved, and an internal investigation within the department has not been completed.
The 25-year-old former police officer was arrested earlier this month at a DWI checkpoint. Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol say that the driver was showing signs of impairment at the DWI checkpoint.
The off-duty cop reportedly blew a 0.08 percent alcohol level during a breath test. The sobriety checkpoint operation was set up in the area of Wrightsville Avenue and Arlie Roads on July 12 and 13. The off-duty officer was checked out at the sobriety checkpoint around 1:30 a.m. that Friday morning.
The accused officer was taken to the New Hanover County Jail after his DWI arrest. He reportedly posted ,000 bond and was released around 6:39 a.m. that same morning.
It is unclear from the media why the officer resigned his position. The officer had been with the department since 2010, and sources say that the officer was well respected in the department. The police chief says of the incident that, “it was just a moment of poor judgment on his part but as far as being a good police officer, he was one of the best we had.” The department had not completed its internal investigation, and no disciplinary action had been taken, according to media reports.
The story highlights how people from all walks of life can face DWI allegations in North Carolina. Obviously, DWI checkpoint operations have their own niche in DWI cases. Generally, law enforcement needs to have some kind of suspicion before being lawfully authorized to conduct a traffic stop.
DWI checkpoints have their own unique rules. It is important for anyone accused of DWI in North Carolina to consider speaking with an experienced DWI defense lawyer to learn what legal defenses may be available in an individual case.
- Lumina News, “BREAKING NEWS: WBPD officer Davis resigns after DWI arrest,” Cole Dittmer, July 17, 2012
- Star News Online, “Wrightsville police officer resigns after DWI arrest,” F. T. Norton, July 17, 2012