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Raleigh officer resigns after DWI conviction

Posted May 28, 2009

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— A Raleigh police officer has resigned after being found guilty of drunken driving, police said.

Christopher Harmon was convicted three weeks ago of driving while impaired and speeding in connection with a September traffic stop on Glenwood Avenue near Interstate 540.

A state trooper stopped Harmon after clocking his vehicle at 66 mph in a 45-mph zone, authorities said. A test showed Harmon has a blood-alcohol level of 0.11, above the 0.08 level at which drivers are considered intoxicated in North Carolina.

Harmon resigned on May 15. He has been with the Raleigh Police Department since June 1999.

His first court appearance is scheduled for Friday morning.

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  • localleo May 28, 2009

    Well, I just happened to have worked beside and in the same district as Officer Harmon and he was a dang fine Officer. So fine that he was assigned to a speacial project unit in our district that focuses on drugs and firearms before our latest 12 hour shift assignments. He made a mistake, we all have made mistakes. His just caught up with him.......don't think that for one moment that your house isn't made of glass. Everyone who is so judgemental should walk in Officer Harmon's shoes one day and see how well you handle the job and decisions you make in your life. I hate it came to this for him.....he is a great person and a hell of a Cop. Even to this day, I would glad to know that Officer Harmon was coming to check in with me.

  • XARABELLE May 28, 2009

    He was drinking, drinking impairs your judgement...obviously he expected nothing since he was booked and resigned. Get over it people, cops are people too!

  • rjacks20 May 28, 2009

    To 1packfan, when cops are in their patrol car, yes they do exceed the speed limit. That's because not all calls require lights and sirens. However, when u answer 20 calls for service in a 12 hour shift you have to drive quickly to respond. You're probably the first to complain when you have to wait ten minutes for us to show up to a traffic accident.

  • roadtrash May 28, 2009

    "Cops in general feel they can drive as fast as they want, whenever they want - whether in their patrol car or in their personal vehicle. Why? Because they're cops. Flash the badge - professional courtesy (within reason). My uncle told me this directly." 1pack fan

    Well my uncle told me that all State fans are morons. They haven't won a championship in over 2 decades but they still hold up one finger up and scream "we're number one". It must be true since my uncle told me this...so I got a finger I'll hold up for them too.

  • mramorak May 28, 2009

    canon36 i feel the same way,i thought it was just me.

  • LOC May 28, 2009

    Stand in line and wait with all the others at the unemployment line.. lol

  • Canon36 May 28, 2009

    People are only human. He did the smart thing by leaving before they fired him. I wonder how many people he pulled over for drinking and driving and gave them the riot act. I guess that is why I avoid and trust no one or no man. Not the president, any gov't official or law inforcement agent. I keep to myself so I don't have any involvement, because people are crazy no matter what their position or status in life. Sick I tell you.

  • Mr. Iowa May 28, 2009

    If he was a politician there'd been nothing done. Too bad the police get held to a higher standard.

  • 1Packfan May 28, 2009

    That is something that always puzzles me. Cops in general feel they can drive as fast as they want, whenever they want - whether in their patrol car or in their personal vehicle. Why? Because they're cops. Flash the badge - professional courtesy (within reason). My uncle told me this directly.

    Why must I adhere to speed limits when law enforcement does not?

  • ObamaMustGo aka NCcarguy May 28, 2009

    Not a smart thing for an officer to be drinking and driving! If he didn't have any better sense than that, the we certainly didn't need him making decisions on how to protect our citizens!

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