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Durham employee driving city vehicle cited for DWI

Posted January 15, 2015
Updated January 16, 2015

— An employee for Durham has been cited for driving while impaired in a city vehicle that hit a utility pole late Wednesday.

Durham spokeswoman Amy Blalock confirmed the arrest Thursday, saying the city will take "appropriate action" pending the results of an internal review.

"After that process is complete, we'll be happy to provide you the information regarding any disciplinary action that may be taken," Blalock said in an email statement to WRAL News.

Calling the matter a personnel issue, she declined to provide any other information, including the employee's identity.

Kammie Michael, a spokeswoman for the Durham Police Department, however, said late Thursday after a police report was filed that Stephen Gavin, 53, was charged.

Investigators found that he lost control of a city water maintenance truck near Charles and Roxboro streets around 11 p.m. Wednesday.

He was not injured, but there was serious damage to the truck, Michael said.



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  • scvmcdoc Jan 16, 2015

    Thanks for following up WRAL. It's a good thing only the truck was damaged and there was no death or injury.

  • Forthe Newssite Jan 16, 2015
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    so that gives him THE RIGHT to drive under the influence?

  • johnnymanziel Jan 16, 2015

    You guys are too much. Always blaming WRAL for everything.

  • Sonja Yagel Jan 16, 2015
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    A bus down in the woods off the road, kinda funny place for bus wouldn't you think? The policeman's name was printed, he is a public employee, why not this one? Durham's dual system.

  • 45ACP Jan 16, 2015

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    Everyone else who is charged gets their name and pic posted. Why not this one?

  • 678devilish Jan 16, 2015

    Durham should have fired this person immediately.

  • miseem Jan 16, 2015

    I thought arrest records were considered public records.

  • scvmcdoc Jan 16, 2015

    Someone is covering for someone. A city official wrecks a city car and is charged with DUO yet 36 hours later no name is released????? The average person could be stone sober and hit a pole and their name would be released right away.

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  • ASU Jan 16, 2015

    Remember him and his family pays as much taxes as you do.......