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.

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