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Off-duty Raleigh police officer charged with DWI

Posted February 3, 2016

Taylor Hurst

— An off-duty Raleigh police officer was charged Tuesday evening with driving while impaired, according to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

Taylor Donald Hurst, 29, was charged with DWI after being involved in a rear-end collision on N.C. Highway 96 near Jack Jones Road around 6:30 p.m., according to the Highway Patrol. Hurst was placed under arrest for suspicion of DWI along with other violations.

Hurst's blood alcohol content registered at .17, which is more than twice the legal limit of .08, according to the Highway Patrol.

Hurst was hired by the Raleigh Police Department in 2006. He was allowed to sign his bond and was released.


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  • Nathaniel Hopkins Feb 3, 2016
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    Black lives matter!

  • Mark Cooper Feb 3, 2016
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    If the job involves driving then he should be treated like folks with similar job requirements I would say. A Delivery company driver would not be able to do his job and I doubt would get administrative leave. Remember you loose your license on the spot for ten days when charged. I doubt UPS or FEDEX would create a desk job for someone in this situation.

    I may not have used great examples put there are many jobs where just getting charged will cost you... just the 10 day period makes it a challenge if driving is in your job description. Even if you have vacation/PTO most employers require some formal notice to take that much time. If you were to claim "sick" many employers require something from a Doc after 3 days out.

  • Mike Pittman Feb 3, 2016
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    Why shouldn't he be placed on administrative leave? Or do you have a problem with the "innocent until proven guilty" that everybody else is allowed to fall under?

  • Fanny Chmelar Feb 3, 2016
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    What saves you $10,000+, protects your job, and preserves your life?

    Uber: we got your back.

  • Phil Manutz Feb 3, 2016
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  • Robert Fotch Jr Feb 3, 2016
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    Do as I say, not as I do, would seem to fit here. Cops are paid to enforce the law, not abide by it.

  • Janet Ghumri Feb 3, 2016
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    Good to hear that the officers responding did the right thing and charged him, instead of allowing his position to cover it up. He should be treated like anyone else who breaks the law.

  • Donald Holder Feb 3, 2016
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    Cops are human too. Just like the doctor who smokes or is fat.

  • K Hope Capps Feb 3, 2016
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    His career is over.

  • Dennis Midkiff Feb 3, 2016
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    Here comes administrative leave...I mean paid holiday.