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State trooper, police officers fired after DWI probe

Posted May 13, 2010
Updated May 14, 2010

— An off-duty trooper who was pulled over last month on a suspicion of driving while impaired and two Butner police officers who handled the stop have been fired, a spokesman for the North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety said Thursday.

Highway Patrol Capt. James Williams Jr. was dismissed for personal conduct violations, spokesman Ernie Seneca said. Butner Public Safety Capt. Walter B. Williams and Lt. Daniel C. Parrott were dismissed for job performance and personal conduct violations.

According to police reports and police radio communications, one of the officers stopped James Williams on Interstate 85 near Butner in the early-morning hours of April 3. Instead of taking action against Williams, the officers dropped him off at a motel.

“We take these matters very seriously and will not tolerate this type of conduct,” Highway Patrol Commander Col. Randy Glover said in a statement. "The Highway Patrol is built upon the highest standards of ethical conduct and professionalism. We expect and demand that all employees, from troopers to supervisors, whether on duty or off duty, abide by the laws of our state and the rules of our organization.”

Recordings indicate that the Butner officers communicated with other public safety personnel on the matter, including Maj. Anthony Moss, who had to be awakened in the middle of the night.

Moss has been suspended with pay, pending the outcome of an ongoing internal investigation.

“These two officers’ failure to enforce the law and abide by their oaths of office was a betrayal of the public’s trust and Butner Public Safety’s commitment to serve and protect the citizens of this community,” Butner Public Safety Chief Wayne Hobgood said in a statement. “Our officers are held to a high standard, and they will perform their duties honestly, fairly and with integrity. The public and I expect no less.”

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  • james27613 May 14, 2010

    Easy to fix this problem, when any LEO is stopped for DWI DUI, notify SBI as well as Atty General Office once the driver is
    identified as LEO (no matter what agency or rank).

    You figured they would have learned from the Cary Allred
    speeding case.

    I am sure they will find jobs in another LEO capacity somewhere.

  • wildcat May 14, 2010

    NO OFFICER IS ABOVE THE LAW. WHEN THEY DO WRONG, HOW CAN THEY EVEN BEGIN TO SERVE THE PUBLIC? THEY CANNOT. I AM GLAD THEY WERE FIRED. THEY SHOULD NEVER BE ALLOWED TO BE AN OFFICER EVER AGAIN.

  • cubcash May 14, 2010

    To hgeorge

    I am a cop and they should be fired. "I was just doing what I was told" is a phrase for the weak minded and convictionless person. They were trying to look out for a fellow officer, while commendable on it's face, completely unethical. They made a bad decision and didn't have the ethical fortitude required for the job. Orders are not to be followed in cases in which they are unethical, immoral or illegal. This was an unethical order if it was given in that context. That is the bottom line.

  • hgeorge May 14, 2010

    First of all, they did what they were told to do.. they followed the chain of command and the chain of command told them to take him to a hotel, that wasn't their choice. You all need to learn how the system runs before you pass judgement on these cops! They are good people, just got in trouble for following orders.

    Their boss that made the decision needs to be fired! Not the cops that pulled him over.

  • nextell2 May 14, 2010

    If you listened and paid any attention you would know that the officers went thru the chain of command, they were doomed either way. I wanna kno WHERES THE BEEF, the one that gave the order to let him go. Where's Major Mouse in all this uproar. They were told what to do by the Officer on Call. WASSUP

  • miketroll3572 May 14, 2010

    Well said DukeNukem!

  • tatermommy52 May 14, 2010

    The Captian was ushered through his career and now he is ushered out the door.

  • wildcat May 14, 2010

    If the officers had arrested the officers in the first placed for being intoxicated, they would have their job. But no they just had to cover up. Tells you they was not using their brain at all.

  • wildcat May 14, 2010

    If the officers had so much concerned for their family, they would never have done this wrong. The problem is you cannot see the real problem here. They were fired and not on the force any more.

  • wildcat May 14, 2010

    Wonderful news! Next time officers will think twice about covering up for their co-officer. They should have been all fired. Great news. Good example for others oficers as to what can happen when they do wrong. Officers are not above the law. PERIOD!

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