WRAL Investigates

Stay-at-home Highway Patrol sergeant placed on paid leave

Posted April 19
Updated April 20

— The State Highway Patrol has placed on paid leave a sergeant whom WRAL Investigates found at home last fall when he was supposed to be working.

The move starts the clock on a 30-day period in which the patrol must either take disciplinary action against Sgt. Maurice DeValle or give him his job back.

WRAL Investigates spent weeks last fall tracking DeValle on various days he was working and routinely found his cruiser in the driveway of his Wake County home while he was on the clock, including while other Highway Patrol troopers were working overtime during and after Hurricane Matthew responding to stranded drivers and keeping people off flooded roads.

According to Highway Patrol policy, troopers "... must be in their assigned duty station at the beginning of their assigned shift."

On at least four occasions from early October to mid-November, DeValle was at home despite reporting that he was on the road or on duty in Wayne County, where the 18-year Highway Patrol veteran is one of the agency's highest-ranking officers.

After WRAL Investigates took its information to the Highway Patrol, officials placed DeValle on administrative duty and took away his cruiser, pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

He has now been placed on investigatory leave, which means he can continue to stay home and collect his $69,000 salary.

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  • Henry Cooper Apr 20, 12:17 p.m.
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    No doubt but if you look at the logistics of them being at that same area then someone is most likely no in their duty zone. Troopers voice concerns about being short staffed but we have logistics that allow centralized breaks?

    It is not like they don't have a history of abuse in the SHP. This guy commuted 90 miles one way one our dime and his supervisor knew it.

    http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article99269667.html

    The issue in the SHP is the lack of self reporting things like this. You can't tell me other SHP officers did not know these guys were abusing the system.

  • George Brown Apr 20, 11:02 a.m.
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    After Jones St. Raleigh the troopers do more to hold the state together than superglue. I guess he was also guilty of whiteness, too part of the witch hunt.

  • Mike Pittman Apr 20, 10:24 a.m.
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    It's NOT his punishment. Jesus, you people are so dense. His punishment is going to be the outcome of the investigation, which HAS to happen. Just like if any of you were charged with murder, do you want an investigation and a trial, or should the nearest person with a gun just put a bullet in your brain?

  • Howard Sr. Apr 20, 9:58 a.m.
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    Is that punishment or a reward, its hard to tell from down here....

  • Travis Perry Apr 20, 9:41 a.m.
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    So, who would patrol all of the rural areas that are not incorporated. One guy making dumb decisions should not taint all the Troopers that show up every day and do the job they get paid for. People need to quit being so reactionary and think rationally.

  • Mike Pittman Apr 20, 9:41 a.m.
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    I wonder how many WRAL employees have been spied on by WRAL Investigates? And no, I'm not excusing the alleged wrong doing in this article. And yes, I said alleged, seems like way too many people these days forget about the whole "innocent until proven guilty" thing.

  • William James Apr 20, 9:27 a.m.
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    Just a Question, why do we even have the NC Highway Patrol, especially when they can't even tell when or if they are at work? We are paying these guys $33hr + OT + 401K Matching+early retirement to catch speeders when a $800 Traffic Camera could do the job better? Also, why couldn't City or County police be trained to do the wreck investigations? They are already on scene at or before the Hwy Patrol anyway, its seems silly to pay City, County, and State Police for responding to the same exact Wrecks. Its not like we have State, County, and City EMS responders or state Fire Departments!

  • Chiqi Torres Apr 20, 9:17 a.m.
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    Once again our tax dollars wasted by a government employee who is now getting a paid vacation as honest taxpayers work. Why do lawbreaking enforcement personnel always collect their salaries after wrongdoings?

  • Sylvia Dye Rogers Apr 20, 8:31 a.m.
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    but... but... isn't this was he was "allegedly" doing? On paid leave while at home? Geez... I've got to find me one of those jobs!

  • Jeff Freuler Apr 20, 8:12 a.m.
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    I'm sure he will be terminated however, there is a process

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