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Perdue: 'Zero tolerance' for trooper misconduct

Posted June 11, 2010

— Gov. Beverly Perdue expressed frustration Friday over the latest instance of behavior by  a North Carolina State Highway Patrol trooper that has resulted in a criminal investigation.

A series of misconduct cases involving troopers has rocked the Highway Patrol's image over the past several years.

A number of troopers and officers have been disciplined or fired for offenses that included profiling young women for traffic stops, drunken driving, animal abuse and having sex on duty.

Larry B. Lovick, 31, who stepped down Monday, was the second trooper to resign in recent weeks. That same day, Highway Patrol Col. Randy Glover requested the State Bureau of Investigation to look into Lovick's conduct.

Sources told WRAL News that Lovick put a young woman suspected of underage drinking in his patrol car on May 24 and that the woman claimed that he convinced her to remove her top, handcuffed her, exposed himself and later drove her around in his patrol car.

WRAL News has learned of several women who tell similar, disturbing stories. Each alleges that, during a traffic stop, Lovick ordered them into his car and exposed himself. The accusations span a year’s time.

"There is zero tolerance in this state for this kind of misbehavior," Perdue said.

Gov. Beverly Perdue Perdue stands behind Highway Patrol

"I'm a woman. I'm concerned about the allegations. I pray I don't get pulled over, but if I do, for the most part, I'm going to trust I'm talking to the 99.9 percent who are really good patrolmen and women," she said.

Lovick, who had been with the Highway Patrol since June 2004 and was assigned to Troop C in Wake County, said Wednesday he has "been done wrong," but he declined to comment on specific allegations.

He said he resigned because he thought he was about to be fired, and he wanted to protect his wife and children from the accusations.

Trooper Dillon Canady, who was stationed in Lenoir County, quit the agency on May 21. The Highway Patrol won't discuss why he stepped down after only a few months on the job, but sources told WRAL News that it involved off-duty conduct that wasn't sexual in nature.

Perdue said she stands behind Glover's leadership of the Highway Patrol. She was also quick to defend the vast majority of troopers who she said don't get recognized for doing an honorable job.

"They are tremendous public servants, and you have a few bad apples who are making them all be embarrassed," she said. "It's just not acceptable for the citizens of our state, and it's not acceptable for this organization that I really do respect."

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  • iworkandpaytaxes Jun 14, 8:44 a.m.

    Well they should post those stories. Sorry, but I find it hard to believe that this guy per say has a problem meeting women and has to resort to that sort of action. Like to know who these women are who are making these accusations. [are they past girlfriends], [are they people he pulled over], Why would this guy risk his career and his children for that matter? A family man is not going to risk all that. Either that or I am naive. He looks too stand up to risk his career.
    Diabolical

    See Gov Mark Sanford in South Carolina. They all risk it. They cover it up with the "good image". Get well soon. WHY DID HE QUIT IF HE DID NOTHING WRONG?????? You lose.

  • iworkandpaytaxes Jun 14, 8:42 a.m.

    Sources told WRAL News that Lovick put a young woman suspected of underage drinking in his... View More

    yeah, and no one thinks this far fetched!! He has a wife and child for Christ's sake and he's going to risk his career over a 16 yr old that is drunk?? Please!!!! Open your eyes! She don't want to get in trouble.

    Did you keep reading. THERE WERE OTHER WOMEN!!! Are they all lying? I love the guys who get on the stand and say they are all lying but me. They all lied so I quit. Why quit? Im not quitting my job if I didnt do anything wrong. Would you? LOL good lord your braindead.

  • Iconoclast Jun 11, 7:56 p.m.

    I agree that the vast majority of LEOs are genuinely trying to "protect and serve". However, if one is found to be using his position to abuse the pulic in any way, he should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. We need to have no patience for professional misconduct by CEOs.

  • blackdog Jun 11, 7:55 p.m.

    Question Authority

  • disgusted2010 Jun 11, 7:48 p.m.

    It's interesting that the governor stands behind the current SHP/CCPS administration, they certainly don't support her. Statements like this just make it easier to replace her in two years.

  • Diabolical Jun 11, 7:48 p.m.

    Well they should post those stories. Sorry, but I find it hard to believe that this guy per say has a problem meeting women and has to resort to that sort of action. Like to know who these women are who are making these accusations. [are they past girlfriends], [are they people he pulled over], Why would this guy risk his career and his children for that matter? A family man is not going to risk all that. Either that or I am naive. He looks too stand up to risk his career.

  • floseh Jun 11, 7:45 p.m.

    Hey, Bev. How about "o" tolerance on some of the thinga you politicians do? Uhh- Huuhh
    The Floseh

  • WHEEL Jun 11, 7:42 p.m.

    Perdue picked the present Patrol commander knowing full well he had a reputation for monanizing and now she is so indignant about the Patrol's behavior. Surprise surprise!

  • Adelinthe Jun 11, 7:29 p.m.

    Diabolical - "

    Sources told WRAL News that Lovick put a young woman suspected of underage drinking in his... View More

    yeah, and no one thinks this far fetched!! He has a wife and child for Christ's sake and he's going to risk his career over a 16 yr old that is drunk??"

    Read the story again.

    He did this to SEVERAL women according to the records, the 16 year old was the straw that broke the camel's back for him.

    God bless.

    RB

  • happymom Jun 11, 7:28 p.m.

    Being "cute" (which he doesn't seem to be) doesn't have anything to do with whether or not someone commits a sex offense. These type of things are about power and domination. Period.

    I believe the girl. She didn't get a ticket so what grudge would she hold? The only reason to come forward would be if something really did happen to her. Plus, there seems to be a pattern... unless you think a group of females got to together, compared notes, and then purposefully cooked up similar stories.

    Yes, she may have been doing something she shouldn't have, but that would have made her an easier target since people would make the very argument Diabolical just made.

    I HOPE the exposure and touching are the true extent of this man's behavior.

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