Plymouth Officer Facing DWI, Other Charges

A Plymouth police officer is in trouble with the law after his arrest in Beaufort County last week.

Vernon Lane is facing five charges after being stopped in a vehicle last Tuesday in Washington. Beaufort County deputies charged the officer with DWI, transporting after consuming, carrying a concealed weapon, transporting spirits with liquor, and beer drinking by driver.

Captain Kenneth Watson says they received a citizens complaint around 3:00 p.m that a person was drinking a beer while driving. He said two deputies spotted the vehicle with the license plate on Fifth Street and the vehicle was stopped at MLK and Bridge Street.

Lane was suspended for seven days by Plymouth and is now on administrative leave with the town until his court date next month.

The 51-year-old has been a Plymouth police officer for eight years.


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  • by SS Location: Plymouth on Jan 14, 2012 at 09:04 AM
    The doghouse is too good for him!!
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      by Anon on Jan 14, 2012 at 03:55 PM in reply to SS
      It certainly is. Did Charlie know about Lane and Virginia in the Gas House? I was told she gave him free cigarettes in exchange for his "time" and that he kept Nick out of prison for her.
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        by Amazed on Jan 16, 2012 at 08:07 PM in reply to Anon
        I guess it is a good thing he could not be charged with any crime for all the affairs he had here!
  • by Here we go again Location: Roper on Jan 13, 2012 at 12:47 PM
    It was postponed until March 6. Again he gets another postponement. This guy is never going to get what he truly deserves. The dog that he is he needs to be put in the doghouse.
  • by Don on Jan 12, 2012 at 03:22 PM
    ANybody know what happen in court tuesday?
  • by Confused Location: Roper on Aug 29, 2011 at 11:29 AM
    I have been trying to find out and haven't heard. You think someone would have posted something about what this as----- got. He deserved the book thrown at him. We will see, probably got a slap on the wrist.
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      by anon2 on Aug 30, 2011 at 06:47 PM in reply to Confused
      This comment has been deleted.
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        by me 2 on Sep 3, 2011 at 02:03 PM in reply to anon2
        I bet you are right. Probably nothing happened and thats why it is so hush, hush. You hear about what police officers do, but never hear what was done about it. Some one needs to clean house in Plymouth. It is a shame.
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          by concerened on Sep 5, 2011 at 07:45 PM in reply to me 2
          Just go to NC court Calander and look it up all ready!
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      by Wondering on Nov 13, 2011 at 12:41 PM in reply to Confused
      Well, the court calender didn't give details about what he got, just the charges. Some one knows but must be scared to talk. I wish I knew. I would tell. This is NC for you. A police state for sure.
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        by Wondering on Dec 26, 2011 at 07:48 AM in reply to Wondering
        It looks like he goes back to court on Jan. 10. NC is full of corruption. Someone has to start making these people accountable for their actions. More links.. http://www.bullieswithabadge.org/news/story/should-police-corruption-be-hidden-from-citizens-of-nc ,http://www.copblock.org/4821/this-weeks-corrupt-cops-stories-18/,http://www.radioproject.org/2010/07/oscar-grant-and-police-accountability/
  • by Confused Location: Roper on Aug 12, 2011 at 11:08 AM
    I live in Roper and I have not heard of any community watches but I mean the regular kind not this officer's kind. So was he doing someone in Roper. A lie is a lie is a lie and this man is a dog in ever since of the word, I do believe there are some decent officers out there who take offense to the kind of abuse of power this man demonstrated. But most of the officers I know in this county are arrogant, a--es who think they can do whatever they want and the law doesn't apply to them.
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      by DN on Sep 3, 2011 at 02:12 PM in reply to Confused
      It isn't just in this county. This website posts all states. It is an epidemic. https://www.bullieswithabadge.org/news/C6 Get involved people!
  • by anonymous Location: Roper on Jul 28, 2011 at 12:28 PM
    It will be interesting to finally see what happens to this one. I thought his court date was made for August 4 and then changed. I hope they throw the book at him. Any man who would drive drunk and then pick up his child from school isn't a good father. He blew an .11 at 3:45 in the afternoon. And him being an officer, he should have not only known better but been a better example to everyone around him. I wonder if he is spending his days off sitting around his house drunk all day. If he is convicted and loses his license he is probably arrogant enough to think he can drive without one. Watch and see him get caught drinking while license is revoked. I have no sympathy for this man. I do feel bad for his wife and kids to have a husband and father like him. To cheat on your wife is bad but to be doing such stuff while on duty is terrible.
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      by anyone on Aug 27, 2011 at 03:42 PM in reply to anonymous
      Well, anybody know what happened in court?
  • by Confused Location: Plymouth on Jul 19, 2011 at 04:17 AM
    He sound like quite a dog, I wonder if his wife knows about his affairs. Someone needs to let this poor woman know, there is no telling what kind of things he picked up and he might be giving to her. I wonder does this guy have any kids? Did he actually spend hours in this woman house while on duty? Thats hard to fathom, and did anyone tell his boss? How many woman in this town did this guy? I ask once again were these woman doing this with him to get off of a ticket or just cause they thought he was all that? Wow!! I know its true, I met this officer once and he seemed like he was a caring guy and he liked his job. Well I bet on the 23 they will continue his case like they did before. I cant see him coming back to plymouth after all thats been posted about him if by some miracle he gets off all he is charged with. I feel so bad for his wife. Wow!!
  • by Blondy Location: Roper on Jul 13, 2011 at 06:38 AM
    To Sandra, You seem to know alot about lane's community watches where you the chairperson of these activities or events. You aren't jealous he had community watch programs in place with others beside youself. Are you? I love how you respond to yourself. And you want to judge others. People who live in glass houses should be aware of those stones they can do alot of damage.
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      by G Rd on Jul 16, 2011 at 07:46 PM in reply to Blondy
      TO: Blondy and anonymous and Sandra and anyone else who was involved with this low life, I was NOT involved in his community watch programs but my neighbors and I did watch him drive the Plymouth police car to Darlene Sawyer's house on a nightly basis where they spent many hours together. My tax dollars helped to pay his salary and I think his actions constitute stealing from the town since he was obviously NOT attending to police work while he was with her. He should have to pay back those monies in addition to the salary he earned while spending time at the Gas House since all of those hours in Virginia were obviously personal also.
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        by Smiley on Jul 17, 2011 at 06:27 PM in reply to G Rd
        Now we are getting somewhwere. Maybe Lane never even had a "reprimand" on his record because like most cops that get their selves in trouble, have friends and family working with them. Too much family working with family in law enforcement. Anyone know if Darlene is related to John and or Kevin? Thank you G Rd. If all of NC would stand up and speak out, we can get rid of some of the trash in law enforcement. Lets start from the bottom and work our way up. Let's say all the way to the D.A. ??? We know he covers for them.
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        by Wondering on Jul 18, 2011 at 05:34 AM in reply to G Rd
        To G Rd, I am confused if this guy was such a bad cop, why didnt you or any of your neighbors report him to the chief or the town manager. Especially if he was doing such terrible things while on duty. Or did you and nothing was done about it? It would be interesting to know how many other late night visits he made while on duty. I am also confused about your last statement about spending time at the gas house and those hours in virginia. What is that about? So is this guy married? I know what he did was bad either way but if he was married that makes it even worst. Did he have these woman do things for him to get out of a ticket?
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          by G Rd on Jul 18, 2011 at 03:13 PM in reply to Wondering
          When we first noticed his visiting our neighborhood regularly, we thought he was involved with Darlene. Several months later, we learned he was married and that his fellow officers were well aware of this behavior. We also learned about Virginia Roberson at the Gas House and a nurse and a courthouse employee. It seems this man has a terrible problem with extramarital affairs which does reflect on this town.
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          by guess on Sep 6, 2011 at 01:23 PM in reply to Wondering
          you need to now the truth from false don't post comments that you know nothing about virginia is a very sweet and caring person she has a very loving and caring husband people need to keep false statements to themselves.
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        by G rd 2 on Sep 5, 2011 at 07:50 PM in reply to G Rd
        Why didn't you tell her what you had found out?
  • by Blondy Location: Roper on Jul 13, 2011 at 06:31 AM
    My point exactly. He was arrested for criminal offenses and should be judged in a court of law for them. He was a good officer and as I have said was never reprimanded for his on the job duties. Yes being a dog isnt nice but thats not why he was arrested. I have never defended what he did just when people called him corrupt which he wasn't. To say I did things with him wasnt nice. His next court date is August 4. As I have said he made a very bad decision that day and should pay for it. But I do feel bad for his family they are having to suffer for his mistake. Point made and taken.
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      by Court? on Jul 14, 2011 at 05:59 PM in reply to Blondy
      The Beufort County Court docket says August 23 for court. What is up with August 4th??
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        by Missy on Jul 28, 2011 at 05:07 AM in reply to Court?
        The clerks office in Beaufort County said the arresting officer had a conflict on August 4th.
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      by gasp on Jul 18, 2011 at 06:20 PM in reply to Blondy
      Now i feel sorry for his wife. But the comment that his fellow officers knew, does not surprise me one bit. This is how it goes and then the D.A. closes one eye and the next thing you know, Lane will be back to work, if you want to call it that. Awful.
  • by anonymous Location: roper on Jul 11, 2011 at 11:38 AM
    I am sure if Lane made bad decisions or judgement calls as Sandra put it with females, they must have been willing participants. So Sandra you seem to be involved in his judgement calls and I love your reply to yourself. Intelligence really showing there. Sounds like Sandra was on some community watch programs herself. Let the man be judged in a court of law not but people looking his morals or values. As far as I know being a dog isn't a criminal offense. Is it?
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      by dog on Jul 12, 2011 at 03:19 PM in reply to anonymous
      go head girls i love a good cat fight!
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      by The Point is on Jul 12, 2011 at 04:38 PM in reply to anonymous
      Being a dog may not be a criminal offense, but it isn't very nice behavior for any person, especially an officer of the law. On or off duty. But the point is, he did't get arrested for that. It was: DWI, transporting after consuming, carrying a concealed weapon, transporting spirits with liquor, and beer drinking by driver. So when is court?
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