Police Officers Cited For Illegal Drinking At Greenville Bar

Two police officers are facing an October 3rd court date after they were cited for drinking alcohol in a nightclub after hours.

Pitt County Alcohol Beverage Control investigators say it happened at Club 519 in Greenville on August 21st.

State trooper Michael Rogister and Winterville officer Ty Grant were both cited, along with another man and the club's manager.

The ABC says the three men were found drinking in the bar just before 3am, even though state law says all liquor must be consumed by 2:30.

Winterville police say an internal investigation is underway for Grant, who's been on the force for less than a year.

No word yet from the Highway Patrol if any action has been taken against the trooper.

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  • by John Location: Rocky Mount on Dec 4, 2007 at 10:03 AM
    Raliegh Analyst, if someone is beating you, do you want them to stop or slow down? Its a shame that people want to lynch these guys when they put their lives on the line for our safety. Ok so they had a lapse in judgement, who hasnt. Im sure you guys that are so bitter for what ever reason have never asked for a warning or leniency, probably have and at some point have probably recieved it! I believe there was something personal with the PCABC officer involved. In all of Pitt County its hard to believe there is not a shot house, or some other more community destructive crime that PCABC can spend there time on.
  • by Richard Location: Greenville on Sep 15, 2007 at 09:47 PM
    They knew the law.They broke the law.They have Know rite to impose their version of the law on any of us.They should be fired yesterday!!!
  • by Unknown Location: Washington on Sep 11, 2007 at 11:07 AM
    This is ridicious!! Instead of everyone focusing their attention on this "minor mistake" lets think about all the drug dealers and murders walking the streets! There are much bigger problems that need addressing then this...
  • by Craig Location: Greenville on Sep 9, 2007 at 11:08 PM
    Actually...TED, the ABC HANDOUT only says "you can't purchase alcohol between the hours of 2am and 7am....except of course on Sunday!" U MUST HAVE A SPECIAL HANDOUT...THE A.B.C.'S VERSION
  • by Don Location: Jacksonville on Sep 9, 2007 at 03:04 PM
    I like most everyone has recieved a citation or two. I have also been told by "LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS THAT THE LAW IS THE LAW!!!" They should get citied, The law is the law!
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Sep 8, 2007 at 12:10 PM
    Amy, Those law enforcement officers may want to go back and review their past training. In their Basic Law Enforcement Training they are taught and it is written in the handout for ABC Laws and Procedures that "A person may not consume any alcoholic beverage after 2:30 am on a licensed premises". If they didn't pass this block of instruction they didn't pass the state test and they don't need to be in law enforcement.
  • by Amy Location: Winterville on Sep 8, 2007 at 11:27 AM
    I took a poll & asked around to how many of my friends knew about this law that all alcohol had to be consumed by 230am. NONE, i repeat, NONE of them knew about this law until this story came out. This included 2 Pitt Co deputies, 4 Greenville PD officers, 3 State Troopers, and 2 Winterville PD officers. Of all the parties involved, the club manager would be the one person who should have known about this law & enforced it to protect himself. He did not. If the club personnel can't enforce this law (or don't know or understand the law) in their own bar, then why should we expect bar patrons to know about it? Maybe ALE needs to stick with finding underage drinkers downtown & stop harassing those of us who are old enough to drink legally
  • by Crystal Location: Washington on Sep 7, 2007 at 11:19 AM
    Public figures especially those given powers to ultimately take a life such as the powers law enforcement possess are supposed to "unimpeachable conduct" in and out of uniform. How can a dept support an officer giving out tickets if he himself can't abide by the laws. Defense lawyers would eat that up in court! Law enforcement personnel are in the spotlight of their choosing and need their behavior at all times to exhibit professionalism.
  • by Raleigh Analyst Location: Raleigh on Sep 6, 2007 at 08:24 PM
    Well, Mike Rogister issued a traffic citation to me a couple of years back for barely, and I mean barely running a stop sign. It was a B.S. ticket and so if a B.S. ticket goes against him, I'm all for it. Turnabout is fair play and this guy deserves it.
  • by bsxy Location: gvn on Sep 6, 2007 at 03:00 PM
    They are regular people like you and i outside of there uniform. What they did was against the law but,theres a very few percentage of people who given the chance would not have done the same. Just because there a public figure dosent mean they dont have a personal life. There punishment shouldnt affect there jobs and should be judged as a average joe.....
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