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SBI investigates alleged trooper, cop confrontation

Posted September 2, 2009 6:36 p.m. EDT
Updated September 2, 2009 9:57 p.m. EDT

— Rocky Mount authorities asked the State Bureau of Investigation Wednesday to investigate an alleged confrontation between a state trooper and a Rocky Mount police officer, a police department spokeswoman said.

Capt. Everett Clendenin, spokesman for the Highway Patrol, said Trooper Byron Lee Varnell, 34, was placed on administrative leave Wednesday morning.

Varnell has been a member of the patrol since 2001 and, in 2006, won the department’s Samaritan Award when he pulled a lady from the path of an approaching vehicle, possibly saving her life.

Both the Highway Patrol and Rocky Mount police declined to identify what might have caused the alleged confrontation.