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Highway Patrol appeals order to reinstate fired trooper

Posted February 15, 2011 1:47 p.m. EST
Updated February 15, 2011 1:53 p.m. EST

— The state Highway Patrol has appealed a ruling by the State Personnel Commission that a state trooper fired a year ago should be reinstated at his demoted rank and pay.

Trooper Anthony E. Scott, a 15-year veteran of the force, was in the home of a Chatham County woman in 2009 when her estranged husband allegedly attacked her.

The Highway Patrol said Scott was on duty at the time but wasn't at the home on official business. There was no indication whether Scott tried to intervene in the assault.

Scott was demoted and transferred after the incident. During his appeal of the demotion, Secretary of Crime Control and Public Safety Ruben Young fired him.

An administrative law judge ruled in October that Scott should be reinstated at the lower rank, and the Personnel Commission recently agreed with that ruling.

The case will now be heard by a Superior Court judge.

The Highway Patrol contends in its appeal that Scott didn't contest his firing in time and that, even if the agency didn't follow its internal disciplinary procedures in the case, he didn't demonstrate any prejudice in the patrol's actions.