Couple Complains To Governor's Office About Trooper Harassment

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

A North Carolina lawyer and his wife have written a letter of complaint to Governor Bev Perdue claiming the wife was harassed by a state Highway Patrol trooper in Wilmington.

According to the eight page complaint, Gina Tessner was harassed by Trooper Edward Wyrick following a traffic stop in which the trooper said a headlight was out then said he smelled alcohol. Following two breathalyzer test results of 0.0, the complaint says Wyrick failed to release Mrs. Tessner, telling her she'd have to go to a magistrate. The Highway Patrol says it is investigating and Wyrick is on normal duty.

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  • by Anonymous on Jul 3, 2011 at 03:34 PM
    When hese Troopers are cleared, I hope they sue the man and his wife. The arrest report was released and she refused the test, so he had no choice but to take her in for testing.
  • by Keith Location: Dudley on Jul 1, 2011 at 09:43 AM
    There are other reason's he could have smelled alcohol, diabetics can smell like alcohol under certain conditions. Someone else may have just got out of her car that left the odor in ther car. Medications can also cause it. To the people that are upset he didnt release her after blowing a 0.00, He by law could not release (unarrest) her he had to take her to the magistrate for thatand since she was still under arrest and ridding in his car he put the cuffs back on her. WRAL has the video of the test from the police station, it shows a professionaly acting officer doing his duty, the only one acting upset in the video is the husband even accusses the trooper of touching his wife. The couples interview came accross as very beleavable but after watching the video and seeing for myself that virtually everything the they said didnt happen makes me tend to believe very little of thier story.
  • by Robert Location: Murfreesboro on Jun 30, 2011 at 09:07 AM
    There have been differing accounts on this incident on both the Newspapers and TV News stations. I'm sure the state's investigation will get to the bottom of the matter. This does not help the SHP's image after so many incidents of sex on the job along with other cover-ups for illegal actions. They are looked upon as setting the example for all Law Enforcement Officers (LEO) throughout the state but the last few years have set a very poor example!
  • by Jim Location: vanceboro on Jun 30, 2011 at 08:52 AM
    when is the last time you saw a state trooper getting a speeding ticket? fact is there are 2 sets of laws in this state. 1 for those wearing a badge, and 1 for everyone else. if a trooper is caught speeding he or she merely shows a badge & is given "professional courtesy" this is immoral, should be illegal and worthy of my disgust. if the highway patrol wants respect... they can begin by abiding by the same laws as every other tax paying citizen. btw my brother in law is a state trooper... what i say is from 1st hand observation
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      by Dezmond on Jul 6, 2011 at 09:34 AM in reply to Jim
      You are right. As of right now I am fighting a case with the Wake County Sheriff's and Police department for there immoral pratices. I know how Gina Tessener feels. And for everyone else you don't know how it feels until it happens to you, and I use to work for the Wake County Sheriff's Department. Here is my email
  • by Reed on Jun 30, 2011 at 08:22 AM
    What WITN fails to explain is that the lady refused all sobriety tests on the side of the road because she was wearing heels and a nice dress and she didn't want to dirty them by standing in the gravel on the side of the road. This is unreal. The guy was doing his job. He smelt alcohol, she refused sobriety tests, she goes to jail. Also, it was a lawyers wife...go figure.
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      by No on Jun 30, 2011 at 09:15 AM in reply to Reed
      Apparently you have never worn a straight evening dress and 4 inch hills. It would be all but impossible to walk a straight line on a gravel road dressed like that.
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        by me on Jun 30, 2011 at 01:22 PM in reply to No
        Well, seeing as the stop was performed in a paved parking lot... it seems like someone, named gina tessener, is lying.
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      by nightrain on Jul 1, 2011 at 05:43 AM in reply to Reed
      Witn's report doesn't say he smelt alcohol. Seems he was making it up, since she blew a 0.0. There was no alcohol to smell. Any excuse is a good excuse even if it's made up.
  • by nightrain Location: greenville on Jun 30, 2011 at 05:12 AM
    About 14 months a trooper pulled my dad over for driving too slow. Dad's 87 years old, WWII disabled veteran. Trooper was concerned there might be alcohol involved, found out there wasn't, then still "had" to get dad's driver's license and run a check on it.
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      by Tammy on Jun 30, 2011 at 08:25 AM in reply to nightrain
      Hey...that's them doing their job. You'd be surprised how many people's license are suspended. Get a life nightrain.
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        by nightrain on Jul 1, 2011 at 05:41 AM in reply to Tammy
        I'm just saying that LEO will use any excuse to pull someone over. If need be, they'll make up one. Oh, and I have a life. Actually, a very nice one. In the case with my day, he had just pulled out of a Food Lion parking lot and coasted up to the stop light. Trooper saw the groceries, admitted he did not see him pull out of the parking lot, said "I'm sorry, didn't see you pull out of the parking lot, but I still have to run your license." Any excuse is a good excuse to LEO. Even if it's made up.
  • by proud of our LEO on Jun 30, 2011 at 05:07 AM
    This story is not complete. Just because she was stopped doesn't mean she was harrased. There was just cause for him to make the stop in the first place. And she was obviously being uncooperative. If this man, trained to do this, had reasonable suspicion of the alcohol, he had a right to test her. And she refuses to test because of her choice of dress! I am glad he went foward with it all. If every excuse worked, we would have impaired drivers all over the street. And remember DWI isn't limited to alcohol. Just because you are "important" doesn't make you higher than the law.
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      by second time on Jun 30, 2011 at 09:12 AM in reply to proud of our LEO
      WRAL has posted the letter, it explains it all. This guy deserves to loose his job. WITN DOES NOT tell the entire story. This woman blowed 0.0 TWO times.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 29, 2011 at 11:26 PM
    There is more to this story. She says in her interview that she didn't drink anything and then later on says she had drop of alcohol. Which is it?
  • by Anonymous on Jun 29, 2011 at 09:35 PM
    wow the media just eats up anything about the highway patrol..since when does witn cover wilmington?
  • by Citizen on Jun 29, 2011 at 09:02 PM
    WRAL posted the letter. I normally take the LEO's side on most stories, however, after reading what happend (documented facts, not opinions) this guy needs to be fired and possibly arrested for false imprisonment. He makes me scared to even think of heading to the Wilmington area. Someone like this could cause an law abiding citizen thousands of dollars, jobs, reputations, etc. He and anyone like him must be stopped now. With the drugs, theft and violence in our ocuntry, it seems sad an Officer of the Low would take his valuable time to harrass an innocent woman. He seems jealous and bitter.
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