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Former Highway Patrol trooper indicted

Posted February 8, 2011 1:59 p.m. EST
Updated February 8, 2011 6:33 p.m. EST

— A Wake County grand jury on Tuesday indicted a former North Carolina State Highway Patrol trooper accused of sexual misconduct while on duty.

The Highway Patrol requested an investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation in June after the allegations surfaced against trooper Larry Lovick.

Lovick was indicted on one count of felonious restraint.

Sources have told WRAL News that Lovick put a young woman suspected of underage drinking in his patrol car last May and that the woman claimed that he convinced her to remove her top, handcuffed her, exposed himself and later drove her around in his patrol car against her will.

Lovick resigned a day before the SBI was called in to investigate. He had been with the Highway Patrol since 2004 and was assigned to Troop C in Wake County.

He has denied any wrongdoing.

In a statement, Col. Michael Gilchrist, the commander of the Highway Patrol, said the grand jury’s indictment “solidifies our belief” that criminal charges were warranted.