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Former trooper charged with DWI

Posted January 27, 2009

— A former N.C. Highway Patrol trooper is facing a DWI charge in Johnston County, a Patrol spokesman confirmed Monday.

A trooper stopped Anthony Carlton, who served as a trooper from January 1986 through Jan. 5, 2009, was stopped for suspicion of impaired driving Friday afternoon in the area of N.C. highways 210 and 50 in Johnston County, Highway Patrol Capt. Everett Clendenin said.

He was arrested after a test showed his blood alcohol concentration to be 0.34, Clendenin said. The state level above which a driver is considered impaired is 0.08.

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  • rrstate Jan 28, 2009

    Here we go again; let is rest. Obviously, this man is extremely sick and has a serious addiction to alcohol. Ture, he could have killed himself and others, but thank God he didn't. The end result will be determined by a higher power than all of us. We all have the right to our opinions, but in the end they mean nothing. My hope is that he will seek help and resume his life, or atleast return to the man that a lot of us knew. Trust me, there will be something else we can comment on tomorrow as that is why it's called "News." After all, if he had not retired this month, the story would have never would have never made the news. Regarding the above referenced comment, "Would this be a story if it were a "former plumber arrested for DWI"? You are absolutely correct, it wouldn't. The news isn't interested in Plumber's that drink and drive. Only the folks that are identified as those above the common folk. Remember, most news isn't about your ordinary Joe Blow.

  • rawneus Jan 28, 2009

    "Your theories are fundamentally wrong in terms of how all of this applies in the court."

    The blood to breath ratio is why you see your read out in grams per 210liters. That's the point I was trying to make. The read out is meaningful because it equates it to blood alcohol content based on that ratio. If I blow a .07 will you arrest me? Unless I am very obviously impaired probably not. Why not? Because you know that the breathalyzer gives a pretty good estimation of my blood alcohol concentration. That's all I'm saying - that there IS a correlation.

    Either way, I concede. I'm neither a lawyer nor LEO. Stay safe out there.

  • leo-nc Jan 28, 2009

    "So, we're splitting hairs. You're right, it does not test the blood itself. It makes an estimation based on the breath. However - and this is the important part - it's the estimation of the blood alcohol concentration that gives you the probable cause to make the arrest."---

    Once again, incorrect. Looks like you went around to Wiki and got your information about some math. The fact is that the instrument does not give an "estimation" and BLOOD alcohol content is not what gives probable cause for arrest. What gives me probable cause is red bloodshot glassy eyes, slurred speed, a person being unsteady on their feet and having a strong odor of alcohol on their person. I can choose to use a PBT or not. I can convict you with an EC/IR II reading or not. So again, this isn't just semantics. Your theories are fundamentally wrong in terms of how all of this applies in the court.

  • tiger50 Jan 28, 2009

    I live out in this area...glad they got another drunk off the roads. I don't care who he is employed with or retired from -whatever - makes no difference... He was drunk and on the road...just one less drunk I have to meet out there...

  • 3 Sails Jan 28, 2009

    Would this be staory if were..."former plumber arrested for DWI" ?

  • cops_wife1993 Jan 28, 2009

    Former Trooper Carlton did not retire from the Highway Patrol

  • rawneus Jan 28, 2009

    "The measurement is presented in grams per 210L of breath. Again, NOTHING to do with blood."

    Do you think they just randomly choose to show you the readout in that form? That 210L was just a random selection?

    There is a 2100ml:1ml ratio for breath alcohol concentration and blood alcohol concentration for most individuals.

    A read out of .34g per 210L of breath is equivalent to .34g per 100ml of blood. Yes, it can vary per individual, but that is the ratio used by the PBTs.

    So, we're splitting hairs. You're right, it does not test the blood itself. It makes an estimation based on the breath. However - and this is the important part - it's the estimation of the blood alcohol concentration that gives you the probable cause to make the arrest.

  • wake_up_jeff_0 Jan 28, 2009

    ok a trooper got stopped for DUI...NEXT!!!!!

  • UNCTAR Jan 28, 2009

    yeah boy, great job

  • leo-nc Jan 27, 2009

    "Sort of. It uses breath analysis to calculate the blood alcohol content. There is no such thing as a "breath alcohol content" measurement used by law enforcement."----

    You're incorrect. It uses breath analysis to calculate the amount of alcohol on a person's breath. The measurement has nothing to do with blood alcohol level at all. The measurement is presented in grams per 210L of breath. Again, NOTHING to do with blood.

    The tests conducted would be on a PBT and on an EC/IR II machine. Both of these again measure breath alcohol content. The only way you get BLOOD alcohol content is with a needle stick in the arm. I'm wondering where you got your information....

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