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Raleigh officer charged with DWI

Posted August 31, 2012

— A Raleigh police officer was charged with driving while impaired during a Tuesday traffic stop in Clayton, police said Friday.

Michael Joseph Keon, 37, was also charged with speeding when he was pulled over on Covered Bridge Road, police said.

Keon has been with the Raleigh Police Department for more than 12 years and is assigned to the Field Operations Division. Department spokesman Jim Sughrue said Keon hasn't been suspended because of his arrest.


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  • oleguy Aug 31, 2012

    The man drove drunk, No excuses, He knew better,, take his badge,, It was his on decision,,, Guilty as charged

  • westernwake1 Aug 31, 2012

    Crikey. I met this guy a few years ago. He seemed to be a decent person and hard-working officer. I am sorry that he made poor decisions that led to this.

  • SaveEnergyMan Aug 31, 2012

    I am sorry too that this happened. We hold our LEO to a higher standard. He has to accept responsibility for this, and those consequences have to be more severe given his position. There is no excuse for drunk driving for anyone.

  • Frank Downtown Aug 31, 2012

    This is a personal issue as he was not working so its really no one's business.

  • soldier Aug 31, 2012

    sctech is obviously a cop if the people Koon is sworn to protect and serve are "bottom feeders". Now you know what our cops think of us.

  • soldier Aug 31, 2012

    "It's easy to turn to alcohol after dealing with societies bottom feeders for so long."

    Is the the latest drunk driving defense????

    Can I get liquored up and drive if I've had a bad day at work or is that only reserved for the holier-than-thou cops in NC???

  • angela32nc2 Aug 31, 2012

    Public officers etc... are no different than any other human beings. They do the same thing as every other human being does. I'm glad they aren't getting away with it and held accountable.

  • kwilliams76 Aug 31, 2012

    Here is a concept - everyone makes mistakes. And it should be the parents to whom kids look up.

  • sctech Aug 31, 2012

    Keon is a great person. Im sorry to hear this. It's easy to turn to alcohol after dealing with societies bottom feeders for so long.

  • AX MAN Aug 31, 2012

    Another fine public figure for our kids to look up to.