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State Legislator Charged With DWI

Posted April 12, 2008
Updated April 27, 2008

— A state legislator has been charged with driving while impaired after wrecking his truck on a Moore County road.

Rep. Joe Boylan, R-Pinehurst, drove his pickup truck off a road Thursday, into a ditch and hit a tree, the News & Observer reports.

Highway Patrol Sgt. T.C. McNair said Boylan was charged with DWI and driving left of the center line.

Officials said said Boylan was treated and released at a hospital.

Boylan said he took responsibility for his actions and was ashamed of his behavior. He said he would get alcohol counseling and had never had an alcohol-related charge before.

The first-term lawmaker is running for re-election in House District 52. He is being challenged by two Republican opponents – Jamie Boles, of Carthage, and Lane Toomey, of Southern Pines – and one Democrat, Betty Magnum, of Pinehurst.


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  • TheAdmiral Apr 15, 2008

    ""If he's a good man or convicted, he should resign" Why? What does this have to do with carrying out his duties as a legislator?"

    Would you trust a drunk airline pilot? Would you trust a drunk natural gas technician? Would you trust a drunk nuclear technician? Would you trust a drunk nanny? Would you trust a drunk police officer?

    What makes you think that he is being honest, truthful and competent if he is drunk in the legislature?

  • many moons Apr 14, 2008

    I can't understand some of u. Didn"t alittle 7 year old boy just got hit by a drunk driver? And U are making excuses for this drunk driver?

  • whatelseisnew Apr 14, 2008

    First, whatever punishment the law allows must be applied. Second the legislature should expel him. Third the voters in that district must not send him back. He ought to do the right thing and resign; and remove himself from being a candidate.

  • NC Forester Apr 14, 2008

    It's hard to believe some people. Being lenient in cases like this - first time or not - is the reason stories like the 7 year old happen.

    Briathar - you are right! Just a few hours difference from another story of a kid with life threatning injuries by a drunk driver.

  • VT1994Hokie Apr 14, 2008

    He made a mistake. There are thousands that drive every night that are drinking. In his case he had a little too much.

  • 050462 Apr 14, 2008

    no big deal,give him a raise!!!!!!anyway you have to be drunk to listen to what they say or do every day.

  • ridgerunner Apr 14, 2008

    I would rather have an alcoholic in the legislature than a thief. Too bad his daddy is not the vance county sheriff, then he would have no problem. He was endangering others and could have killed someone or himself. Hope he learned not to drink and drive but he should have known that already.

  • briathar Apr 14, 2008

    ladyblue and others who feel like this was no big deal--how would you feel if he drove his vehicle into a tree in front of your house on the very secluded road that you chose to live on because you want to be away from the hustle and bustle. I only ask because that's my situation. I'm angry--I live on this road--I could have been driving home Thursday night with my kids and he could have hit us instead of the tree. Just a few hours earlier my 6-year-old and I had been standing near the tree he hit tossing pebbles into the creek after dinner. I find it appalling that someone who was placed into a position by the public would choose to violate it and put other people in danger. So, for me it's personal--just because it happened on his own time and didn't involve another vehicle does not mean he should not be held accountable.

  • ladyblue Apr 14, 2008

    I can't believe some of these comments. you'd think this man committed murder. I rather seee a representative get a DWI on his time than some of the these politicans robbing us left and right while in office or doing the naughty in the government offices (hint white house)

  • Tom Morrow Apr 14, 2008

    Lock him up and throw away the key! Bury him under the jail!! Let's form a lynch mob!!!

    I mean, really. He made a mistake [that many many many people make every single day], he admitted to it, and now all you people are ready to have his head on a pike. Well guess what, like hpr641 said, do you really want to see what's behind door #2? You'll get some other human being as a legislator and, dangit all, a being prone to making mistakes!