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Fayetteville police officer charged with DWI

Posted January 6, 2012

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— A Fayetteville police officer was arrested early Friday and charged with driving while impaired, misdemeanor hit and run and reckless driving after he wrecked his car and failed to contact police, officials with the Fayetteville Police Department said.

Investigators say Matthew U'ren, 25, crashed his personal car, a 2004 Chevrolet Impala, into a guardrail at the end of Camden Road, near Whitfield Street, around 11 p.m. Thursday.

U'ren called a private towing company and had his vehicle removed from the scene. Neither he nor the towing company notified a law enforcement agency, investigators said.

"They have 24 hours to notify the city that they have towed a vehicle inside our jurisdiction," said Sgt. Todd Joyce, who declined to release the name of the towing company.

Police say U'ren called a friend to drive him home and that person called police. Officers arrested U'ren at his home and took him to the Cumberland County Detention Center, where he registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.12. Under North Carolina law, a driver is considered impaired with a blood-alcohol content of 0.08.

Matthew U'ren Fayetteville officer charged with DWI

He was released on a promise to appear in court.

U'ren has been employed with the Fayetteville Police Department for a year and a half and was assigned to the Cross Creek district. He has been placed on administrative leave, without pay, pending an internal investigation. 

"We're not going to turn our heads away from that, just because he's an officer here at the department," Joyce said. "He's held in a higher standard, you know. We're going to treat the matter just as we would had it been any other citizen involved in an accident."

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  • leo-nc Jan 10, 2012

    "NC-Leo*** You're actually defending this guy's actions by your comments? You're kidding right?"----

    ummm, no. I am NOT defending him. I've arrested an LEO and convicted one of DWI before. While not fun, it's part of the job. If they are stupid enough to do it, then that is their problem. Geez guys, READ... and don't over analyze.

  • RM24 Jan 6, 2012

    "And I bet that this is the last the public will hear about this case because, it will more than likely be swept under tthe rug and out of sight. Disabled Vet"

    You're 100% right. I've seen such incidents in Fayetteville/Cumberland County many times and that's the usual outcome.
    fayncmike

    So if this story does not stay on front page once a week then nothings happens? I hardly find this story worthy of any further media time. But doesn't mean charhes were droPped

  • Alexia.1 Jan 6, 2012

    There is a law that says you're required to call the police within 24 hours of an accident? Just how broad is this law? If I hit a fence post on my property? If I hit a car in a private parking lot? Apparently, if you hit a guard rail... what is this law?

  • RM24 Jan 6, 2012

    As far as I can see, it did nothing but add a racist slant to it. I wait with bated breath for your response.
    fayncmike

    And while your breath is still baited, go back and see who made the post YOU called racist. You should notice it wasn't me. You we too busy pointing fingers, thinking you had caught a racist, to notice I was defending the original poster.

  • Just Passin Thru Jan 6, 2012

    brwneyez70,
    For God's sake man! Where in the world did you go to school??? I can barely make sense of what you wrote, if you call that writing! Go back, go back............

    A man who so call suppose to make sure the citizens of this FINE (LMAO) city abide by the law can get charge with a DWI, where he registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.12. Under North Carolina law, a driver is considered impaired with a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 & he only gets placed on administrative leave, without pay, pending an internal investigation? ARE U SERIOUS? R U FREAKIN SERIOUS? He needs to be FIRED! 1637/16

  • Just Passin Thru Jan 6, 2012

    Most all of you have good points, though I haven't read all of the comments. While this guy is a cop, I think I read that he's only 25? Yes, he's an adult but human, and still young. I'm NOT excusing his actions, but let's give the "kid" a second chance. I was convicted of DWI in 1997, and it's one of the BEST things that ever happened to me. It was a long time coming and it taught me a valuable lesson. Thank God I never hurt anyone, and I've never driven drunk since.
    He may have a chronic drinking problem, so lets wish the best for him and try to forgive rather than condemn. I hope he is closely monitored, especially given his profession, and that he never does any harm. May he get past this and SERVE the public, not endanger it.
    Let's all hope for a better New Year!

  • johnny2times Jan 6, 2012

    A man who so call suppose to make sure the citizens of this FINE (LMAO) city abide by the law can get charge with a DWI, where he registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.12. Under North Carolina law, a driver is considered impaired with a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 & he only gets placed on administrative leave, without pay, pending an internal investigation? ARE U SERIOUS? R U FREAKIN SERIOUS? He needs to be FIRED! 1637/16
    brwneyez70
    January 6, 2012 4:37 p.m

    Your right in your post...however,

    They are not paying him, he is off the street while they connduct their investigation before they might fire him...they have to make sure the dot their "i's" and cross their "T's" before they can do that so that he can't come back and try to sue the department for wrongful termination or something like that...I am guessing that is why he isn't fired as of yet.

  • ASU Jan 6, 2012

    brwneyez70,

    What if it turns out he wasn't driving and his buddy was and you just fired a guy for letting his buddy drive his car. Then you would get sued for wrongful termination.

  • ASU Jan 6, 2012

    brwneyez70
    January 6, 2012 4:37 p.m.

    We will get fired but you still have to investigate, interview witness, get records from the breathlyzer, and type reports so if he appeals the case they will have their ducks in a row.

  • johnny2times Jan 6, 2012

    You can screen to your hearts content but there is no way to predict human nature. If he had a previous record then he should not have been hired. He made some very serious mistakes and he was well aware of the law so they should throw the book at him. It is unlikely that he will ever be able to find a job in law enforement again--that is unless he wants to work in Durham. It makes no sense to blame the hiring process. Many of you drink and you are still able to find employment.
    superman
    January 6, 2012 10:29 a.m

    Wow! really? Why bring Durham in on this? Why don't you try going through the process to get hired and see how "easy" it is before you make your moronic comment.

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