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Apex officer charged with DWI

Posted August 14, 2012

— The Apex Police Department said Tuesday that an officer is on administrative leave pending the results of an internal investigation into his arrest on a driving while impaired charge.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol arrested Steven Michael Clayton, 31, in Johnston County on Sunday. He was off duty at the time and was driving his personal car, police said.


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  • limitguvment Aug 15, 2012

    I wonder if he Johnston County deputy's handcuffs were broken or he miplaced his ticket book. What's the need to call a trooper when you have the juice to do the job yourself?

  • boneymaroney13 Aug 15, 2012

    ncpilot2 - your post is a bunch of biased huey! You wouldn't know a police call if one hit you between the eyes! You're the kind of person who bemoans a couple of officers sitting somewhere talking as "lazy". You don't know what they are discussing or what they were involved in 5 minutes earlier. All you see is someone you dispise and take cheap pot-shots at. Speeding!! Every "response" doesn't require "lights & siren" and your permission!

  • dersstotenkopf3 Aug 15, 2012

    How interesting? This officer is off duty and gets himself in a pickle. Several years ago an Apex detective, along with other SWAT team members (including an administrator) show up to training intoxicated and even stop at the store for more booze and it gets swept under the rug. In fact the detective received Officer Of The Year. There is far more wishy-waschastity that goes on in that agency than then public knows. As soon as the current chief is gone and a new chief comes in and cleans house...you'll see!

  • sinenomine Aug 15, 2012

    "I now [sic] this officer on a professional basis and he is NOT a bad officer, he simply made a bad decision. Having said that, I also believe [he] has been ACCUSED of this offense and is INNOCENT until proven guilty" said "thinkin out loud".

    I am inclined to agree but would only add that I wish more police would take the same attitude as regards people who are not part of the blue brotherhood.

  • Trekker Aug 15, 2012

    “You rarely ever hear this happening up north because of the brother hood of cops. North Carolina does an excellent job of holding officers to a code of ethics and weeding out the ones that do not abide by it. thinkin out loud

    Of course you have evidence to substantiate that this is more prevalent problem in the north than the south? Also, comparing north to south is quite an extreme generalization. As far as NC doing a good job weeding out the bad, practice makes perfect as they never quite get caught up with all the weeding. Maybe they should become more proactive than reactive.

  • Lovemy2kids Aug 15, 2012

    This officer's mistake has made alot of people very happy. Now that he has a DWI all of those that he arrested for a DWI will walk away since he can not be in court! Way to go Officer Clayton I am sure your superiors are very proud of your bad choice.

  • BuglessDuster Aug 15, 2012

    A taxi ride is such a good investment. It can save you humiliation, a lot of money and possibly someone's life.

  • luvbailey Aug 15, 2012

    E.O.C. - end of career

  • common tater Aug 15, 2012

    He should face what the rest of us would. But the vast majority of first-time offenders wouldn't lose their career. He should lose some money, maybe be skipped for promotion for a while...he shouldn't lose his career for a mistake a lot of us have made and gotten by with.

  • thinkin out loud Aug 15, 2012

    Hey Moose, There are many many jobs a person would lose their job for with a DWI. Any job that requires one to have a drivers license could have that potential, typically because of insurance.