An out-of-state driver was recently pulled over by a North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper earlier this month. While it can be daunting for any driver to be pulled over for a traffic offense, or for a more serious investigation involving drunk driving, being pulled over in an unfamiliar state is always a difficult prospect.
As it turns out, the recent traffic stop involved reportedly involved the chief deputy from Martinsville, Virginia. She was ultimately arrested on suspicion of driving while impaired November 8. She is currently on administrative leave due to the DWI allegations, but her position in the Sheriff's Office places her as second in command. The chief deputy was not on duty, and was driving her personal vehicle when the North Carolina trooper made the DWI arrest on U.S. 220 in Rockingham County, North Carolina.
A spokesperson in the highway patrol office in Rockingham County, North Carolina says that the DWI investigation is an open matter, and details of the DWI arrest have not been made publicly available, according to the Martinsville bulletin. However, the spokesperson did confirm the DWI arrest. The sheriff's office in Martinsville, Virginia says that the situation is a personal matter, although the agency has placed the woman on leave and other disciplinary measures are being taken.
Sheriff's officials in Virginia decided to publicly acknowledge the arrest after word of the DWI allegations began to spread throughout the community. But the public acknowledgement did not include any of the allegations.
It is important to note that DWI charges are matters that are brought in criminal court in North Carolina. Public information is not necessarily controlled by the same rules that are involved in court. Court rules and principles are intended to protect rights, maintain fairness and ensure that gossip or innuendo is not used to obtain criminal convictions.
Source: Martinsville Bulletin, "City deputy charged with DWI in North Carolina," Nov. 20, 2012
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