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NC Central professor charged with DWI

Posted August 6, 2012

— The North Carolina State Highway Patrol charged a psychology professor at North Carolina Central University with drunken driving on Sunday morning.

Jonathan Nathan Livingston. 42, of 3060 Colony Road, Apt. B in Durham, was charged with driving while impaired after a trooper pulled his speeding 2002 Volvo over on Interstate 40. Court documents show he had a blood-alcohol content of 0.11.

Livingston has taught at N.C. Central since 2005, according to the school's website.


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  • jjsmith1973 Aug 6, 2012

    Beyond a reasonable doubt

  • jjsmith1973 Aug 6, 2012

    .11 isn't much over old law before the government blackmailed states into changing the limit or not get federal road funding. For the people that hope he gets all this action against him. When is the last time you drove over the speed limit? Maybe just speeding alone should be punished as server as DWI. The result of death could result in both by a poor choice. One choice is impaired but the other isn't is the difference. Although, one is punished for what you did not what could have happened (speeding). As to DWI is punished for what could of happened and not what did. Get off your crazy wctu of prohibition. DWI is literally on day it was o.k. at .10 one day and made you a criminal the next when it changed to .08. Nothing changed about what a person was doing, just a number out of a flawed machine. That is so flawed it was admitted to be so by several superior court judges and pulled from the D.C. area all together. Yet those are the machines they use for proof around a res

  • alex01 Aug 6, 2012

    Honestly all of you do not know him to judge him! I had him as a professor before and he is one of the best professor in the psychology department at NCCU. I'm not justifying his action but I know most of you have drinked before and drove a vehicle. And I'm sure the one that posted this article have done the same. He is a wonderful guy and an awesome professor and I don't think he should be judged because of his doings. You all cannot make him look like he is an alcholic because he has never came to class in that type of manner. I will pray for him because he honesty don't deserve the publicity that you all are bringing him because I am sure other schools in the triangle like State, UNC, and Duke has had one of their professor caught drinking and driving. We all drink and if it's that serious they should ban it. But he has my support all the way because he is a wonderful professor.

  • clintoflannagan Aug 6, 2012

    "Boy, to not get caught till Sunday morning and still have a bac of .11 he had to have really been trashed saturday night! again, no excuse for this stupidity, as a professor you would think he would know better than to act like a freshman."

    Depends on the definition of "morning." Sometimes 12:01 a.m. is considered morning. In that case .11 is 3-4 beers (depending on the professor's size, etc.)

    But if your conclusion is correct and it was actually the next morning, like 9:00, then you are absolutely right. He was shnockered the night before.

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  • issymayake Aug 6, 2012

    This would never make a news site if it were any other school in the Triangle. A professor is not the type of public figure that normally receives this type of coverage.

    I'll pray for him and withhold judgement unlike some blowhards who react without a conscience or concern for what a person may be experiencing in their life. I'm also glad he didn't hurt anyone.

  • bombadil Aug 6, 2012

    He's been charged, not convicted.

    If convicted, he'll have to tell Central and be subject to whatever other disciplinary measures they have for this kind of thing.

    Convicted, not charged. If disciplinary action is brought against him prior to conviction, it'll not only be a grievable HR action, but he could sue them for wrngful termination.

    Despite the hysteria and overwrought shock that professors sometimes show poor judgment, it is fortunate that he has some protections from the court of public opinion.

    Subjecting him to public ridicule is the sort of bottom-feeding, not-necessarily-news 'story' that some WRAL fans find distasteful.

  • Lamborghini Mercy Aug 6, 2012

    charmcclainlovesdogs2 - . Where is the professor's picture? The public would like to know what he/she looks like. He should be so embrassed and quit his job. I would not want a professor over me that is very intoxicated. How would I learn from a person like that?

    And why are you so concerned about this guy? He was handsdown one of the best psychology professor's to teach in North Carolina. Also, when my books were stolen a few years ago, this was the same man who gave me his book to study three weeks before my exam. Furthermore, Dr. Livingston was very professional and great at what he did in and outside of the classroom, his positive contributions should not be overshadowed by something so simple.

  • LovemyPirates Aug 6, 2012

    Could have been 12:00Midnight which is Sunday morning. He probably wasn't driving to church.

  • Sherlock Aug 6, 2012

    this case will soon be gone....not much to the store here...