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Off-duty Raleigh police officer faces DWI charge

Posted May 4, 2011

— An off-duty Raleigh police officer was charged with drunken driving shortly after midnight Tuesday, according to court documents.

A state trooper pulled over a car on Creedmoor Road near Glenwood Avenue for speeding, documents stated.

Matthew Kyle Ford, 31, of 5114 Echo Ridge Road, was charged with driving while impaired and speeding.

According to court documents, Ford had a blood-alcohol level of 0.16 and was going 67 mph in a 50-mph zone. Under state law, a driver is considered impaired with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08.

He was released under a written promise to appear in court on May 24.

Ford has been with the Raleigh Police Department for eight years, sources said.


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  • Raleigh72 May 4, 2011

    I wonder if his mugshot will make the N&O website. It wasn't there today. He will definitely make the Slammer magazine. It should be on the cover so all his cop buddies see it. Just a reminder that they are not above the law.

  • RPD07 May 4, 2011


    Try again, that first post is in no shape or form defending this incident and saying "it's okay" or "just a mistake". I was calling journey out on his continuous comments of how "wrong" ALL officers are (not just the actual bad ones) and that he knows how to do it so much better than us.

    Try again.

  • Journey985 May 4, 2011

    "You are using examples of covering up that got uncovered genius" - cubcash - Yes, so how MANY others have NOT been uncovered??? You just proved my point, your comment was that LEO's do not cover up for others, yet I gave you two examples of PROOF of cover up attempts yet you deflect your response..Nice!

  • cubcash May 4, 2011

    Smack and Journey

    You too guys must talk major trash about minorities. The way you are typing on a stereo about LEO's. Sounds like you judge all LEO's to be corrupt and unjust...or at least "all you have run into". And why are you running into a lot of them? Maybe the officers seemed worthless because they were tired of running into you! Out of a PD of several HUNDRED cops one got a DWI. The night before might have been a surgeon or a bag boy. Last week an attorney was probably charged for DWI somewhere. You are those guys that love the cops that cut you a break on a ticket but hate the ones that don't.

  • smack May 4, 2011

    actually cubcash my example and opinion stems from several encounters with LEO's none of which were parking tickets. I got pulled over and harassed by an officer who later was in the news and got fired for purposely pulling over young women and sexually harassing them- my case being thrown out because of this... not that I even need to explain myself to you. as for RPD07 if you review your first response to this article you will see where it could be interpreted as sticking up for fellow officers.

  • DukeFan23 May 4, 2011

    Something funny to think about.....Officers use DISCRETION on a daily basis and allow a drunk driver to call for a ride or even give them a ride somewhere. But when one LEO makes the same mistake you want him fired and sent to prison for ten years? Get a life people and use your brain.

  • cubcash May 4, 2011

    smack and Journey

    Are you guys related? Maybe you got a parking ticket and wanted to know why the officer wasn't out catching drug dealers. What's wrong with sticking up for a friend or a family member. You must be a couple of real stand up guys. You are using examples of covering up that got uncovered genius. The point is that the cover up in your ancient example did not stay covered up. Appropriate measures were taken in that incident. What else you got? You gonna throw Mark Furman at us now? I mean, O.J. WAS innocent, right?

  • RPD07 May 4, 2011


    At what point in any of my posts have I shown that I was condoning this behavior or sticking up for it? I have not. If you can show me where I have done this then I will concede to you and journey about being "greater than thee". So, go ahead, show me...

  • tgifjunk May 4, 2011

    Really Journey, enough with the generalizations about LEOs.

  • North Johnston Resident May 4, 2011

    What the reporter meant to say was he has been a Raeigh Police Officer for 8 years, NOT counting today...