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Clinton officer charged with passing stopped school bus

Posted May 26, 2015

Lt. Robert Dalton of Clinton Police Department
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— A Clinton police officer faces a departmental investigation after he was charged with passing a stopped school bus.

Lt. Robert Dalton was driving a Clinton Police Department vehicle when he passed the school bus on East College Street in Salemburg at about 7:30 a.m. on May 15, according to authorities.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol issued a citation to Dalton six days later, and he is scheduled to appear in traffic court on July 28.

Susan Warren, a spokeswoman for Sampson County Schools, said video from inside the school bus was forwarded to the Highway Patrol. The bus didn't have a stop-arm camera, she said.

Clinton Police Chief Jay Tilley said Tuesday that he takes the incident "very seriously" and has launched a separate internal investigation.

Dalton, 36, has been employed with the Clinton Police Department since 2005 and is assigned to its Operations Division.


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  • David Matthews May 27, 2015
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    Salemburg is 12-13 miles from clinton.

  • Walter Smirth May 27, 2015
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    Sometimes an "official" gets into the mood of "the rules don't apply to me. " Whatever the reason for violating the bus stop law, this officer refused to observe the "assist and protect" motto.

  • Aanritsen Deur May 26, 2015
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    What the heck?
    If you can't get the importance of this across to an officer of the law, then who WILL understand it?