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Raleigh police officer charged with DWI

Posted December 28, 2011
Updated December 29, 2011

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— A Raleigh police officer was arrested Monday on a charge of driving while impaired.

According to the arrest report, Sgt. Greg Palczak, 43, a 14-year veteran of the Raleigh Police Department, was pulled over on Lead Mine Road. He smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech, the arresting officers wrote.

Palczak's breath alcohol concentration registered as 0.14, the report states. Under state law, a driver is considered impaired with a 0.08 breath-alcohol level.

Palczak is scheduled for a first court appearance on the DWI charge Jan. 19.

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  • wral mods blow close my account Dec 29, 2011

    It was poor judgment but not anything to lose their entire career over. Those calling for his firing, have you ever driven tired or while talking on a cell phone that puts lives in danger too. Did you vote for W? He was busted for DWI.

    "wonder how popular his pal that busted him is?" Anyone giving the arresting officer grief SHOULD be fired.

  • wral mods blow close my account Dec 29, 2011

    "yea because none of us remember the case of the drunk SHP major pulled over at 2 am. the patrol officer called the sergeant, who woke up the LT, who woke up the chief so they could discuss what to do. In the end they took him to a hotel and arranged to have the vehicle towed away" gandalla

    +1 LOL

  • bombayrunner Dec 29, 2011

    take his pop gun, taser, license, and put him at a desk for a year or until he gets his license back. He should just get a ding like anyone else. A DUI should not cost him his livelihood, everyone deserves a break.

    wonder how popular his pal that busted him is?

  • sef1528 Dec 29, 2011

    the "real" police SBI, gets paid less with worse benefits. do your homework before you comment. sef1528

    Really???

    Starting pay for a Raleigh Police Officer is $2,857.63 per month, or $34,281.59 per year. Direct Deposit of pay checks is available.

    SBI Agent, Trainee 42,788

    Your credability has been shot, sef, go tell your lies to someone else

    they may start out higher but that's where it ends. pay increases and benefits show the disparity between the two jobs. did you research this? it was never my credibility that was in question gandalla.

  • Dec 29, 2011

    Good man who made a bad decision that he will pay for in lots of ways.

  • Nat1ve Dec 29, 2011

    "I'd be pretty irate if I (or anyone) ever found out of he was the kind of cop who was one of their top officers for hauling people in for DWI. I hate hypocrites. " PanthersFan45

    No, not really. He's better known for hauling in murders, since he's worked as a homicide detective before making Sgt.

    The fact is that Raleigh has nearly 800 sworn officers, so when one makes this kind of public mistake, it is unusual so it makes the news.

    Believe me, no one knows better than this guy how stupid his mistake was. Nor is anyone more thankful that no one got hurt. Greg's a good guy and will pay for his mistake. I feel bad for him and for the [arresting] officer, who who he forced into the difficult position of having to protect the citizens of Raleigh from one of his own. Nice job.

  • gandalla Dec 29, 2011

    There are good and bad apples in every single profession. It's true that many officers that "mess up" get the "professional courtesy" of a free pass, but there are plenty of by the book cops who do not believe in professional courtesy. If this guy was a well respected Sgt. then the arresting officer is taking a lot of flak right now. If you're interested in what happens when cops drink and drive, follow this one through the court system, I'll give this guy great odds he will not be convicted.
    Milkman

    Wait so its a professional courtsey to let an officer break the law?? And people wonder why officers are seen in the same light as ambulance chassing attorneys

  • walterrand Dec 29, 2011

    .14 is not falling down drunk, not by a long shot. It's not likely that anyone who drinks more than once a month would fall down from having that amount of alcohol in his or her system. The guy probably had 5 or 6 beers. .14 is well over the legal limit, though.

  • gandalla Dec 29, 2011

    Really? Are yoiuo being serious? Officers arrest one of their own because they have to. If they don't they'll lose their job. And where are all the corrupt cop people? Why are they silent when a cop arrest another cop for DWI? Isn't this what they want? To see a cop get arrested because all poice are corrupt...You people living in your glass houses are amazing. Disgusting and amazing.
    Duke _Nukem

    yea because none of us remember the case of the drunk SHP major pulled over at 2 am. the patrol officer called the sergeant, who woke up the LT, who woke up the chief so they could discuss what to do. In the end they took him to a hotel and arranged to have the vehicle towed away

  • sinenomine Dec 29, 2011

    When a cop turns bad, or even when a good cop makes a deplorable mistake (assuming that is what happened here), the people who most want the person off the force, I have no doubt, are the law-abiding officers, which is most of them. Never mind the adverse publicity that one bad cop or one cop with a DWI brings the department. Never mind the people (just read the comments on this page!) who are going to generalize from the one bad cop to all cops. Can you imagine being an officer in a tight spot and having to call for backup and wondering if the person in blue who responds to your predicament might be the one with such poor judgment as to have gotten a DWI?

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