Raleigh Officer Charged With Drunken Driving

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A 43-year-old Raleigh police officer is charged with drunken driving.

Police spokeswoman Laura Hourigan confirms that Sgt. Greg Palczak was charged Monday with driving while impaired.

Wake County Chief Magistrate Dexter Williams says Palczak's blood-alcohol level registered 0.14 percent during a Breathalyzer test. The legal threshold is 0.08.

Records show he was stopped about 8:15 p.m. Monday by a fellow officer.

Hourigan says Palczak is a 14-year veteran of the Raleigh Police Department.

His first court appearance on the charge is set for Jan. 19.


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  • by leo Location: enc on Dec 29, 2011 at 10:56 PM
    Well for all those who say he will get off on the charger or cops protect their own, well he got arrested by his "own" and charged by his "own". And believe me if you have enough money you can get out of a DWI, I have seen that happen in court. Alot of judges use to be defense lawyers, and still have that lack of better judgment of finding them guilty when the law says .08 and they are that or over.
  • by Petey Pirate on Dec 29, 2011 at 07:39 PM
    Get that judge from Snow hill wih the DUI to preside over the case.
  • by pete Location: grifton on Dec 29, 2011 at 05:15 PM
    I wonder did he tell the officer he only had 2 beers?
  • by Steven on Dec 29, 2011 at 02:03 PM
    Notice they never said that he was suspended or terminated by no means. I agree he will get off and a slap on the wrist and if he is suspened he will just move to Greeville and become an officer here.:) I'm saying that because it has been proven true that these bad law breaking cops will get fired or demoted and just ease on to another district it happens WAY TOO OFTEN! Cop slaps someone or caught with drugs he or she will just move to the next county over:(
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      by bs on Dec 29, 2011 at 07:56 PM in reply to Steven
      there is this thing that agencies and buisnesses do these days, what is it called again, oh a back ground check they are not just for one county. now please get over your self and you might want to pull your head out of that hole before you sufficate.
  • by george Location: kinston on Dec 29, 2011 at 12:43 PM
    He look's like he would be a mean drunk.
  • by Linda Location: Winterville on Dec 29, 2011 at 11:30 AM
    Well here we go again, another cop story....trust me he will get off, he needs to go to "drunk school" and lose his license and attain a lawyer like any other person charge with dui....but unfortunately Cops protect their own...one way or the other.....
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      by leo on Dec 29, 2011 at 10:51 PM in reply to Linda
      If cops protected their own then he wouldn't have been arrested by one of his own. Think about that and what you said....
  • by Biker Dude Location: Over by the beer cooler on Dec 29, 2011 at 08:19 AM
    The downfall of most cops is booze and women. If you have ever been in the cop business you know what I'm saying is the truth.
  • by c-had Location: police state nc on Dec 29, 2011 at 07:45 AM
    He wont even lose his job.
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      by Jeff on Dec 29, 2011 at 08:52 AM in reply to c-had
      He may indeed lose his job. NC takes drinking and driving very seriuosly. It doesn't matter how much money you have, it's next to impossible to get charges dismissed. He should be ashamed of himself. He has seen how this wreckless behavior destroys families when they lose loved ones.
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        by m on Dec 30, 2011 at 04:42 AM in reply to Jeff
        What have you ever been to the Pitt county court house and watch them postpone a case for two, three and sometimes more than five years. DUI or DWI here in a JOKE, so is the system here.
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        by Anonymous on Dec 30, 2011 at 06:24 AM in reply to Jeff
        That's not true. I lost a friend to a guy who already had 3 DUI's. The cases kept getting postponed instead of dealt with because of who his father was (a politician). He finally had to serve time when he was charged with vehicular manslaughter. He should have been serving time for the 3 DUI's.
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      by obamanot on Dec 29, 2011 at 10:19 AM in reply to c-had
      Oh no,he will lose his job guarenteed,but will be hired on as a correctional officer in a few months.Seen it happen TWICE!
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        by bs on Dec 29, 2011 at 08:06 PM in reply to obamanot
        correctional officers are not the same as agencys on the street and do not have the same standards to get hired. You do not even have to have a license to be a glorified baby sitter.
  • by Anonymous Location: Gville on Dec 29, 2011 at 07:32 AM
    Mee...U have 2b an cop or family of the officer who was arrested. Because what you're saying make no sense. How can u feel that he shouldn't be arrested and punish. If that was u or me we would have thrown us under the jail. As far as him loosing he job, I don't think that is good because jobs are hard to come by. He should be suspended for 6 mos. With no pay. License revoked for 6 mos and attend AAA. After that he should come back as the best officer ever.
  • by Mee Location: Here on Dec 29, 2011 at 07:27 AM
    My previous posts and replies were actually bogus as I was actually making a point about the folks who always defend LEO's no matter what they do like using bogus excuses about them putting their lives on the line for us, to justify their failure to obey the laws they are here to enforce. I'm glad the arresting officer got him. Just wish they would start getting the ones speeding and driving distracted.
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      by bs on Dec 29, 2011 at 08:03 PM in reply to Mee
      DWI was his fault and i wont defend him on it but the speeding you really should think about. The one going 130mph for no reason yea, but i bet you are complaining about the ones that pass you on the highway going about 10 mph faster than you. when it is you that has called for help you will want them going 130 not just 10 over.
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