Highway Patrol Probes 'Drunk' Captain Incident

The North Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating an incident in which an off-duty trooper was pulled over by officers who described him as extremely drunk.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that no charges were filed against Captain James Williams Jr. The Highway Patrol captain has been placed on desk duty during the investigation.

Audio tapes provided to the newspaper recorded Butner Lt. D.C. Parrott as he pulled over a swerving motorist on Interstate 85 around 2 a.m. April 3.

Parrott called supervisor Capt. W.V. Williams to the scene, and Williams then reported that they had an extremely intoxicated trooper.

The Butner officers took the trooper to a nearby hotel. A clerk called dispatchers back a few minutes later and said the driver with car trouble they just dropped off now wanted a ride to the station.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by ncguy Location: NC on Apr 29, 2010 at 07:29 PM
    The North Carolina Highway Patrol has been a disgrace to this State for years. Sexual antics, political promotions, discrimination against women, bullying at the local level to other agencies, ignoring or covering up unethical or illegal behavior, twenty year retirement, no interest loan to build a house,the list goes on and on. Beverly Perdue has a chance to do something about this, we will see what happens,
  • by Amen on Apr 26, 2010 at 01:13 PM
    Amen to big Al
  • by Luke Location: NC on Apr 24, 2010 at 07:13 PM
    Where and When is the DWI charge? Audio tapes provided to the newspaper recorded Butner , Lt. D.C. Parrott as he pulled over a swerving motorist on Interstate 85 around 2 a.m. April 3. Parrott called supervisor Capt. W.V. Williams to the scene, and Williams then reported that they had an extremely intoxicated trooper. The Butner , Officers took the trooper to a nearby hotel. Not to the police station to take the Breath Test. Looks like if you get caught for DWI by Lt. D.C. Parrott. You a free pass and a hotel room.
  • by don Location: greenville on Apr 24, 2010 at 04:02 PM
    only if they would give everyone a ride./..i wonder if i call 911 from my cellphone they can pick me up too.
  • by Artie on Apr 24, 2010 at 02:07 PM
    Cops are NOT heros...automatically. They have to do something heroic. Few do something heroic, most are like these losers.
  • by EastNCGuy Location: Greenville on Apr 24, 2010 at 01:37 PM
    He can still be charged with DWI. Today, tomorrow. Nahh, won't happen, that is why I have little respect for "troopers". What really gets to me is most of them really think they are somebody.
  • by bill Location: raleigh on Apr 24, 2010 at 01:28 PM
    Rueben Young, Secretary of Crime Control, should act on this without delay and try to regain the trust of the public and the road troopers.Its called tough love, Rueben.
  • by Bryan Location: Washington on Apr 24, 2010 at 12:36 PM
    This is a story that WITN should follow up on. Let's see if they do. Interesting.
  • by Anonymous Location: NC on Apr 24, 2010 at 10:37 AM
    I am a police officer in NC and believe me ladies and gentlemen, we are not above the law. There is no excuse for this. As much it would hurt me to take another officer to jail....I still have a job to do. It is these types of stories which make it difficult for the rest of us who actually believe in the laws and realize our job is to uphold the law regardless of the circumstances. DWI offenses are serious offenses and must be dealt with as such. These guys see day in and day out how DWI crashes affect lives. There is absolutely no excuse for his or the officers' actions and I hope the investigation will show the same. We all need to be held accountable for our actions.
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Apr 24, 2010 at 10:12 AM
    Rank has its privileges. They let a patrolman go because he lied about loosing his hat but a CAPTAIN can get caught drunk and nothing happens. There is truth to the old saying "Do as I say not as I do!" The laws are the same do matter what your rank but politics tips the scales of justice.
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