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Durham officer arrested for DWI

Posted November 25, 2009

— A Durham police officer was arrested early Wednesday on Interstate 85 and charged with driving while impaired, a spokeswoman for the department said.

After his arrest, Officer N.E. Keith was placed on administrative leave with pay, a standard procedure in cases like his, said the DPD's Kammie Michael.

Keith has been with the department since January 1997.


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  • Common Sense Man Nov 26, 2009

    "If that was an average citizen (You know the ones they are supposed to PROTECT AND SERVE) he would be fired for not being able to drive to work!!"

    So driving is the only way to get to work for everyone else?

  • notagain1903 Nov 26, 2009

    Another fine example of our law enforcement ignorance. The LAWS are not for THEM!!! They want to do what ever they want and the buddys on the force will get them out of it?!?!?!?! Getting PAID while he is suspended??? If that was an average citizen (You know the ones they are supposed to PROTECT AND SERVE) he would be fired for not being able to drive to work!!

  • Glock Ranger Nov 26, 2009

    Hate is such a strong word. And, this is certainly nothing to laugh at. Also, Durham is no different than any other city. It's police officers are, indeed, human and, therefore, subject to the same pitfalls as any of us.

    The question is: Is this man in need of help? Does he have a problem with his life that causes him to drink, or was this just an isolated incident?

    Either way, this man will lose his job, and probably some other acoutrements of life, and sink further into a pit. He needs our prayers and the support of some loving person willing to take him through a healing process. He certainly doesn't need our scorn.

    Be thankful, my friends, for all of the blessings you have enjoyed this year and, remember, when the finger of accusation is pointed at someone, there are three fingers pointed back and a thumb pointed upward. What goes around, comes around.

  • Journey985 Nov 25, 2009

    Be careful this weekend, along with the increased Highway Patrol presence, there will be drunk driving LEO's LOL.

  • Journey985 Nov 25, 2009

    I never claimed to be perfect, but I did NOT take an OATH to protect and serve and enforce the laws of the land, this man DID! So how is that a hypocrite? I have said in the past, I do not HATE LEO's, hate is a strong word, I dislike the ones that continue to show up in news stories breaking the law, and here recently the list is long, and getting longer. As for them being there to call in a time of need, trust me I have the ability to defend myself and will do so without a corrupt or drunk LEO to help me!!

  • mrduffin Nov 25, 2009

    The man is a cop...not a god. Leave him alone unless you are perfect yourself! What a bunch of hypocrites on this site!

  • workingforthosethatwont Nov 25, 2009

    paid leave means innocent until proven guilty. Same rights the rest of us get. It's in the constitution in case you forgot.

  • Concerned LEO Nov 25, 2009

    I will not DEFEND another LEO for DWI. But guess what folks. Cops are human just like you, and yep we make mistakes too, just like everyone else. If you hate cops, that is fine too. If this officer is indeed guilty of DWI then he should be fired plain and simple. But before you go and bash all cops, remember he didn't put the hancuffs on and drive himself to jail, another cop did his/her job and arrested him.

  • knowthefacts Nov 25, 2009

    Can't WAIT to hear all the LEO defenders once again say..."It's only a few bad apples" Seems to me like the entire Durham PD needs some investigating.

    There are many fine and upstanding officers and it's sad to say there are a few not so honest officers. Everyone should be greatful to the ones who YOU call when you need help! They all risk their lives to help another. Even the ones who drive drunk. Everyone makes mistakes, but everyone doesn't get caught.
    If you have something against all LEO, then don't call them when you need help! DEFEND YOURSELF!

  • Common Sense Man Nov 25, 2009

    Needmocash, that was some serious nonsense!

    The cop should have known better, absolutely no excuses and not acceptable !