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.