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Trooper, cited with DWI, resigns

Posted July 31, 2008

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— A Highway Patrol trooper resigned Saturday after being charged in a DWI crash the night before.

William Lane was off duty, driving his own car when he crossed the center lane on Creek Road in Robeson County near U.S. Highway 74. He ran off the road and hit a mailbox, according to the Highway Patrol. His car flipped over and came to a stop upside-down.

No other vehicles were involved.

Lane resigned after 10 years on the Highway Patrol.

He was treated at a hospital for non-life-threatening injuires.

Lane was charged with DWI and not staying in his lane of travel.

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  • Coach K is GREAT Aug 1, 2008

    Coach K is great and Deacons: You're going to find more and more just how hypocritical swisher sweet aka spirit warrior woman really is. No one can possibly get down on their knees and pray as much as this one person purports to put on. They are blowing smoke and setting up mirrors. As far as this Highway patrol person is concerned, I hope he gets his just rewards. They are no better than any of the rest of us.
    ptahandatum
    August 1, 2008 9:11 a.m.
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    You're right... I wonder why she hasn't responded...

  • ptahandatum Aug 1, 2008

    Coach K is great and Deacons: You're going to find more and more just how hypocritical swisher sweet aka spirit warrior woman really is. No one can possibly get down on their knees and pray as much as this one person purports to put on. They are blowing smoke and setting up mirrors. As far as this Highway patrol person is concerned, I hope he gets his just rewards. They are no better than any of the rest of us.

  • Glass Half Full Aug 1, 2008

    GasHogg69 - Again, I don't see how this man is getting "screwed over". He made a bad choice, and by the way it wasn't an "accident", it was a wreck, caused by his poor choice that he is now taking responsibility for. More folks need to learn how to do that - you included. I hate it happened, but at least he's accepting responsibility for it and doing the right thing by resigning since he is obviously fully aware that would be the end result anyway. He knew the risk involved when he got behind the wheel after drinking. Whether the wreck was caused by his poor choice alone or whether there were other factors involved is immaterial. He's not getting "screwed over", he's being an honorable man who made a mistake that is costing him his livelyhood. By resigning he may be able to keep is law enforcement certification and will probably be hired by another law enforcement agency in due time.

  • MajorLeagueinfidel Aug 1, 2008

    What differance does the car flipping over etc have with it not being swept under the rug?....the arresting officer and the trooper could have easily dismissed it as "deer"...or written him a citation for left of center and driven him home.....Point is: HE DIDN'T he made the arrest and it's being taken care of....COPS do live under differant laws...every split second decision is videotaped..played over and over..judged by "expert" and "bloggers" alike....they have to always 24/7 watch the way they talk, drive, parent...they have to scan the driveway when they get home at night so some former arrestee is waiting there to kill them.....yeah it's differant...

  • Rocknhorse Aug 1, 2008

    I will never understand how someone who, in their career, has probably seen the worst examples of poor choices, can turn around and make those same choices. When you take on certain careers, you are setting yourself up as an example. You simply DON'T make these decisions.

    As for why we don't just slap a fine on first offenses...Go to the ER and see how many first offenses put someone in the hospital. We need stronger punishments the first time. I will agree that first offense MAY learn the lesson and if so, that's WONDERFUL. But all too often, they don't and they become repeat offenders. I feel that the second offense should not be allowed a third.

  • monkeyboy Aug 1, 2008

    and you know, the sad thing here is that if his car hadn't flipped, if he'd just been pulled over, the 'arresting' officer would've just swept it under the rug, the guy would still ahve his job, and we wouldn't be commenting on it. cops and civilians live under different laws. i can't feel too badly about this.

  • Gork Aug 1, 2008

    He was probably hurrying home so he could get up early to look for people smoking weed...

  • parr4246 Aug 1, 2008

    GasHogg69.............."$500 cab rides while license revoked,"

    obviously you've never been to Robeson County, there aren't many cab companies down that way......

  • Coach K is GREAT Jul 31, 2008

    "He should know better than anyone."

    Yes he should, but all of us are tempted by something, and we fail at trying to overcome that temptation every day.

    So to criticize someone who failed this one time is judgemental, and unless you can learn to walk on water, you aren't qualified to judge anyone here on earth.

    Praying for you.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB
    Rev. RB
    GOLO member since July 2, 2007
    July 31, 2008 2:47 p.m.
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    Sister roadwarrior I pasted this comment of yours from the article regarding the 2 males who had relations with a 12 and 15 year old:

    Oh! Disgusting, totally disgusting.

    Probably too small to make it with a grown woman, certainly in morals anyway.

    Regardless of what occurred, am praying for the girls. A 12 and 15 year old couldn't fully understand the change this will make to the rest of their lives.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB
    Rev. RB

    July 31, 2008 2:34 p.m.

    Aren't you doing the same thing here??????????????

  • GasHogg69 Jul 31, 2008

    Yeah, I'd say he's getting screwed over now.

    You people have to admit he's going to pay a very heavy price for drinking and having this accident. Who knows, maybe the accident was unrelated to drinking, maybe a deer ran right out in front of him?

    Let's see:
    $5000? Loss of income until next job found, $500-$2000 lawyer, $250 dwi class, $500 cab rides while license revoked, lifetime record of conviction, $3000? insurance surcharges, possible $30 monthly fees for Interlock (if BAC over 0.15), court costs, court fines, etc, etc.

    Can't we just give people maybe $1000 ticket for the first offense instead of this gauntlet of punishments!

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