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State Trooper Charged With DWI Resigns

Posted December 19, 2007

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— A state trooper who was charged earlier this month with driving while impaired with his children in the car has resigned, the North Carolina Highway Patrol said Wednesday.

Patrol spokesman Lt. Everett Clendenin said Steven Ellis Bradley, a 16-year veteran, resigned Monday in lieu of dismissal following a Dec. 4 accident in which Bradley crashed his personal vehicle into a pond near the intersection of Jones Franklin and Macedonia roads in Raleigh.

His two children, ages 7 and 18, were not injured. Bradley suffered a wound to his head.

An initial alcohol breath test requested by Bradley before his arrest registered 0.14, according to court documents. North Carolina's legal driving limit is 0.08.

His attorney, Russell Dement of Raleigh, said Bradley knew his career was over and that he was embarrassed and sad that he brought disrespect upon the Highway Patrol.

In addition to DWI, Bradley also faces other charges, including assault, failing to stop at a stop sign, child abuse and carrying a concealed weapon.

Raleigh police said Bradley became combative, kicked an officer and walked away from an investigative officer. An officer's hand was broken while trying to detain him, police said.

Bradley, who worked as a trooper since 1991, was assigned to the special operations division in Raleigh. He was also a member of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, which includes members of several law enforcement agencies and federal and state officials.

His first court appearance is set for Jan. 30.


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  • Polly Dec 20, 2007

    Frankly, Mr Ying/Yang M, your post didn't make sense to me either when you cracked on someone else for not making sense. Some folks on this board are clearly attys; some are clearly law enforcement; some have clearly been screwed by law enforcement. This guy is a broken man; give him an everloving break.

  • mylilchev350 Dec 20, 2007

    syracuseinwonderland: Knowone has a clue what you are tying to say! If you are trying to say that the world does not revolve around me, well you are right! If doesn't.. Apparently some of you think it all resolves around you, And I guess the majority of bloggers on here are lawyers. I do think Mr. Bradley should get what he deserves, Just like anyone else. No special treatment! I am really getting tired of people indicating that law enforcement should use their emergency lights all the time, get a grip.. It doesn't concern any of you what the Trooper is doing or where he is going. If you need help, does it make a difference if their lights are on, NO! As long as they get their to help you. Lay off, find another news story to blog about.. As living in our fine state, you should support your law enforcement..But I guess the most of you blogging are not from our great state, just a bunch of implants!

  • mvnull Dec 19, 2007

    " A fair punished for this man would be to dismiss all DUIs that he has written to others...." If I understand you correctly, you want to punish everyone in the state by letting drunk drivers off?

  • syracuseinwonderland Dec 19, 2007

    mylilchev350 wrote:

    "I am getting sick and tired of the blogs on here putting down law enforcement."

    The world doesn't revolve around you. This guy broke the law, should we praise him?

    "It is funny to me that the news on here that really needs reaction or blog entries never get it,.."

    So you say.

  • Polly Dec 19, 2007

    Man oh man. You people pile on. When this hit the net a couple of weeks ago, everyone here thought it would be honorable if he resigned. He did. You're still beating him up about a horribly stupid mistake but one you wouldn't even know about but for his job. I agree with another poster, I'd hate to have a lot of these "unbiased" folks on a jury judging me.

  • NC Born Dec 19, 2007

    Mr Man try reading 14-269(b)(5)...thankfully the state sees the problem with someone carrying a gun while drunk.
    Bob d, I did not know that troopers "outranked" officers from other agencies...they did not keep him from being sure his family was safe, he knew they were safe and just lost his temper. The officers did not even try to charge him with assault on the officer that received a broken hand eventhough the trooper's conduct is what caused the injury...they charged solid responsible charges and treated him the same as anyone else..don't try to turn things onto the responding officers, I'm sure that the whole incident made them sick to their stomach.

  • Humungous Dec 19, 2007

    Wow! I hope most posters on this thread aren't on a jury if this happens to me (or them).

  • poohperson2000 Dec 19, 2007


    I have to say, you did deserve what you got. You knew (or should have known) the consequences of your actions. I am not trying to be harsh, but we all make choices in life, and that was a choice you made. It sounds like you have learned your lesson the hard way, which is unfortunate, but now perhaps you will take that experience and make something positive out of it.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Dec 19, 2007

    What a poor example to our police force and a role model to our young people as well. What a waste!

  • leo-nc Dec 19, 2007

    "A relatively few SHP troopers have been in real trouble. In my opinion, they are being fairly treated - including this officer."

    I agree with you on this one, coming from another State Trooper.

    "What is causing so many citizens to look at them with a suspect eye is their attitude - who hasn't seen them drive 90 mph on the Interstate - no siren, no flashing blues - just because they can and we know that is against the law."

    There are certain cases where it's not against the law. Sometimes it's SAFER to respond to a call for service without them on, and it's not against the law when overtaking a violator. There are many cases of this all over the county, not just here. It's done all the time, and it is going to continue. Just because you think it's not right, and you have no clue about the job, don't go complaining. Your statement is incorrect and until you do this job, you won't understand. As for the DWI, he should be fired, and he should spend time in jail.