A North Carolina state trooper says that a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer was driving while impaired in Union County, North Carolina on New Year's Eve. The trooper says that the off-duty cop was weaving while traveling in his Ford Explorer around 6:00 p.m. New Year's Eve. The trooper conducted a traffic stop, which ultimately led to DWI charges against the 44-year-old man.
Few details about the trooper's DWI investigation have been made public. State officials claim that the off-duty officer admitted to drinking that day. But the state patrol has declined to say whether or not the off-duty officer failed any field sobriety test or submitted a sample for alcohol testing in the alleged DWI investigation.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say that the officer has been placed on administrative leave. The man is charged with several offenses in the aftermath of the traffic stop. Authorities accuse the man of DWI, operating a vehicle without insurance, expired registration, and driving left of center. The man's driver's license has also been revoked for 30 days, according to the Charlotte Observer.
Whenever law enforcement makes a DWI arrest of an officer, the story seems to make the news. It is important to note that people from all walks of life can face DWI charges. It is also important to remember that an arrest does not mean that a person is guilty of drunk driving.
A person accused of DWI has the right to challenge the allegations and the evidence in court. Mistakes are made in all walks of life. Law enforcement is not immune from making mistakes, and any chemical test used in alcohol testing may be subject to challenge for flaws.
Source: The Charlotte Observer, "CMPD officer charged with DWI on New Year's Eve," Cameron Steele and Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Jan. 3, 2013