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Wake sheriff's deputy resigns after DWI charge

Posted October 8, 2014

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— A Wake County's sheriff's deputy resigned Wednesday after being charged Tuesday night with a DWI.

Samuel Porter Lapsley, 45, of 416 Lenoxplace Circle, Garner, was arrested around 9:30 p.m. on U.S. Highway 70 West after an officer stopped him because of the way he was driving.

Lapsley, who authorities, said had been driving his personal vehicle, had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.17. A person is usually considered impaired at 0.08.

The sheriff's office initially placed him on indefinite suspension without pay.

Lapsley was previously charged with driving while impaired in 2012, but the charge was dismissed.

He had been with the Wake County Sheriff's Office since 2010, when he left the Clayton Police Department.


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  • cpd443 Oct 9, 2014

    One of the best men I know and one of the best cops I've ever known. He screwed up. He is man enough to take the consequences and move on.

  • Veronica Hammond Oct 8, 2014
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    Good point

  • Quagmire Oct 8, 2014

    Wondering if he was carrying a concealed handgun. He will lose his permit if he was.

  • sinenomine Oct 8, 2014

    I assume that, as in many matters of this sort, the deputy resigned rather than be fired. If that is so it was a good call on Sheriff Harrison's part.

    Lapsley's first DWI two years ago was dismissed. It remains to be seen what will become of this one.

    That said Sheriff Harrison is in no way obligated to keep a person on the department to wait to see if he is convicted. Sheriff Harrison is within his rights in considering what actually occurred without regard to whether the case is proven in court. Anyone who is so much as charged with two DWIs in a lifetime, never mind if they're convicted, has a huge problem with alcohol and the sheriff was right to treat him accordingly.

  • T-ONE Oct 8, 2014

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    I thought the article said he also had one in 2012.

  • makeitright Oct 8, 2014

    good move...

  • ajt81 Oct 8, 2014

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    Thank you for pointing this out! I notice the exact same thing unfortunately.

  • officebox Oct 8, 2014

    This needs to be reported as it would for a regular citizen: He had a BAC of 0.17 which is MORE THAN DOUBLE the legal limit.

  • USMC Vet Oct 8, 2014

    Listen!!! This is his first offense.
    Cops are imperfect human beings just like we are. To expect them to be perfect when we ourselves are not perfect is the height of hypocracy. Sure, he made a mistake. Thank God he didn't hurt anyone or himself while driving drunk. But it's clear he needs help, and firing him doesn't accomplish that; in fact, it might lead him deeper into substance abuse.
    Get him help, move him to a desk while he's receiving that help, and then when he's successfully finished with whatever program he chose to help him is finished, give him another chance because this is the first time this has happened with him.
    If it happens again, then lower the boom, but on the first offense, well...wouldn't you whine for another chance if this happened to you?

  • katgotyertongue Oct 8, 2014

    At least he didn't get into a bar fight. The thing is as a deputy he HAS to be above what the average citizen may do, or face the exessive put downs. After the first one he should have had a serious talk with himself.