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Wake sheriff says daughter was arrested on DWI charge

Posted February 19, 2014

Paula Gail Harrison

— Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison released a statement Wednesday saying his daughter was arrested on a driving while impaired charge earlier this month.

"While this is an embarrassing incident for her and me, I love my daughter and will support her to the extent any other father would stand behind their child," Harrison said. "However, I have confidence in the criminal justice system and intend to let it function without any interference on my part."

Raleigh police arrested Paula Gail Harrison, 46, early on Feb. 3 after finding her with her car stuck in the mud along Interstate 440 near Poole Road.

Court records show she had a 0.16 blood-alcohol concentration.

In addition the DWI charge, she faces misdemeanor charges of possession of narcotics in connection with pills she allegedly had in her pocket and resisting an officer after allegedly becoming resistant to a blood-alcohol test.

Paula Harrison was arrested in May 2010 in Johnston County on several drug-related charges dealing with prescription drugs, and she was granted a prayer for judgment continued, according to court records.

She is out of jail on a $2,000 bond. Her court date is scheduled for March 5.


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  • Kathy Sanders Feb 27, 2014
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    I hope she gets the help she needs to stay sober. I don't know the sheriff and his family personally. I do wonder if anyone other than law enforcement and court officials would know about this if her father worked as a garbage collector instead of being the sheriff of Wake County.

  • 678devilish Feb 20, 2014

    A good sheriff and a good father indeed. She certainly needs help with her drinking alcohol, but enabling her will certainly hurt her more.

  • John Smythe Feb 20, 2014
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    I find it odd that in all the other arrest articles on WRAL none state what the defendant's father does for a living except this one.

  • winemaker81 Feb 20, 2014

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    Let's discuss this again after a drunk driver kills someone you care about. That sort of changes the rules of discussion, doesn't it?

  • rougemontredneck Feb 20, 2014

    time for rehab!!!!

  • less_govt_is_better_govt Feb 20, 2014

    No, her father is a grade A politician who speaks from both sides of his mouth with a forked tongue and a secured state taxpayer funded retirement.

    He plays by the good ole' boys mentality of I can do what I want as long as I have a badge and am buddies with the DA who helps him keep shady conduct "internal" for a reason....

  • workingforthosethatwont Feb 20, 2014

    JUMP1 - 'I believe that you have the right to refuse any test requested.'

    Jump - you can refuse, but you will lose your drivers license. look it up.
    when you accept a NC drivers license you agree to breath and blood analysis if you are suspected of impaired driving.

    When a child reaches adulthood, a parent can only hope they have learned from the things they have observed and been taught. A parent can't control their child anymore than you can control anyone else. The Sheriff is an above board professional and won't interfere.

  • Larry Lynch Feb 20, 2014
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    if this had occurred in wayne co I guarantee she would have been given a 100. gift card to Walmart, a dozsen roses, and if it even made the local newspaper {which I doubt} it would have been 1 sentence under miscellaneous in the classifieds. a brief check will verifiy what I just said.

  • Bonnie Hoover Feb 19, 2014
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    I've known her Dad for 30 years. I also know how the law works for some. Everyone is not treaded equal. Just depends on who you are and who you know.

  • Bonnie Hoover Feb 19, 2014
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    This is the same mistake she made in 2010. Is she not learning from her mistakes. She never will if Daddy keeps helping her get off. He should be trying to get her some help with the drugs and alcohol.