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Trooper placed on administrative duty

Posted September 14, 2010

— The state Highway Patrol on Monday placed Trooper Michael L. Potts on administrative duty, Sgt. Jeff Gordon confirmed Tuesday.

The agency would not say what prompted the disciplinary action.

Potts has been with the agency since Feb. 17. 2001, and was assigned to Durham and Granville counties, Gordon said.

The Highway Patrol's image has been plagued in recent years by a number of cases involving state troopers who have resigned, been fired or been disciplined for inappropriate or questionable conduct, including profiling, drunken driving, animal abuse, sex on duty and inappropriate text messages.


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  • itsmyownopinion Sep 16, 2010

    It's good WRAL put up a new "story" yesterday afternoon, considering where leosince1999 was taking this one. Shame on you for making assumptions regarding this officer, if not false accusations. Tell me you're not still leo, because you scare me. It appears Potts' ticketing to Hispanics has been called into question. I would say that more LEO should be handing out those. Potts gets my support based on statistics. To WRAL, get the story before you post it for ridicule. Thanks.

  • LIVEITUP Sep 15, 2010

    My point is that it could be a number of things other than a sex scandal. And yes I do hope it is something else.

  • leosince1999 Sep 15, 2010

    LIVEITUP, I see you used the words "certainly hope that isn't the case." Sounds like you know him like I do and you think it could be the case. You just hope its not the case for his wife and beautiful son. All I'm saying is maybe Raleigh needs to look at it further or maybe his wife needs to do some questioning.

  • LIVEITUP Sep 15, 2010

    Come on leo...not nice to make such an assumption. I know he, his wife, and his beautiful son. I certainly hope that isn't the case.

  • leosince1999 Sep 15, 2010

    It would not suprise me if he is involved in a sex scandal. Unless he has changed, doubtful, then its a very good possiblity! Raleigh really needs to take a good hard look at this trooper and need not stop with the accusation at hand!

  • 2SWEETBOYS Sep 15, 2010

    Totally agree "carolinaprincess62"....

  • carolinaprincess62 Sep 15, 2010

    Lots of people in state jobs get reassigned for one reason or another. And, those stories do not make the news. Why should this one? For transparency as Ms. Perdue wants? What about state employees that drive vehicles home on a nightly basis, keep them for a week and a holiday weekend at a time. They are not using them for business purposes but to safe their gas money. Just because the man is a trooper doesn't mean he should warrant making headlines. I don't know what he did and I don't care.