REPORT: Alcohol On Breath Costs Police Officer His Job

An on-duty officer resigned after his shift supervisor said he smelled alcohol on his breath.

Warsaw Police Chief Mike Webster will not disclose much about the on-going investigation. However, he tells WITN News that at some point last weekend a shift supervisor smelled alcohol on the breath of Officer Stephen Richards.

Chief Webster says at that time, the Highway Patrol was called in to investigate, and tested the officer. At the time of the test, troopers say Richards blew a .05, which is under the legal limit in North Carolina of .08. A magistrate found no probable cause for a DWI charge against the officer.

The case has since been handed over to the State Bureau of Investigation. Chief Webster says Richards resigned his position after a year and three months of service with the department.

"Simply put, I will not tolerate this kind of behavior with any officer in this Department," said Chief Webster.

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  • by I Know Location: NC on Nov 8, 2011 at 11:46 AM
    To Denise. Those days are gone and this incident is still on going. This officer will be charged.
  • by Denise Location: Warsaw on Nov 6, 2011 at 08:20 AM
    I'm shocked that anything is being or has been done. If you live in Warsaw as I do you know what I'm talking about. Not that long ago this would have been swept under the rug and no one would have known.
  • by I Know Location: NC on Oct 29, 2011 at 05:51 AM
    To angry cop you should know what the process is for this type of incident if you are really a cop. The matter is on going and will be handle right. There are steps that you take in handling this type situration.
  • by Want to know Location: us on Oct 29, 2011 at 05:45 AM
    Who is Michelle Pollard and what did she do.
  • by angry cop! Location: Duplin County on Oct 25, 2011 at 06:28 PM
    I am disgusted at this. The Officer should have been fired and not allowed to resign. To often are these horrible individuals allowed to avoid being fired and then find a job at another agency. Training and Standards should strip him of his certification. Any officer who does things such as this should be stripped of their authority. They give the rest of us a bad name, and no I am not jumping to conclusions. He had a bac of .o5 hours after being caught. this means at the time he was actually caught, he would have blown a 0.10 bac or higher!
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      by Same old LEO BS on Oct 26, 2011 at 06:20 AM in reply to angry cop!
      Good to know there are some of you LEO that still have character and morals. Most of them let the uniform and authority go to their heads.
  • by pete Location: grifton on Oct 25, 2011 at 06:12 PM
    Wow! if this keeps up we will need to build a prison just to hold cop's.
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      by Same old LEO BS on Oct 26, 2011 at 07:24 AM in reply to pete
      NO, put them in there with the very ones that they put in the prison for their crimes and then tell them that the LEO is in there for the same crime. How funnt would that be?
  • by Anonymous on Oct 25, 2011 at 11:54 AM
    He will be back on the force in no time. They justify EVERYTHING for themselves but not the public. It will be swept under the rug. What is that saying, "Question authority?" Yes, question authority. Some are criminals with a badge and carrying a gun. Look at Coastal cops. We ALL have a story about them. Bullies with badges.
  • by don't just sit and watch Location: cover up on Oct 25, 2011 at 10:23 AM
    Take evidence of police corruption to the NC Attorney General in Raleigh via or along with a return reciept certified letter. Then, they'll act- hopefully.
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      by Anonymous on Oct 25, 2011 at 12:20 PM in reply to don't just sit and watch
      I been reading on how to get those ones in Martin County. One in particular who has so much mouth it is not even funny. What she does not realize I saw her doing something at the stampede with another officer? They eating and cuddling at the stampede on my tax dollars.
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      by Same old LEO BS on Oct 26, 2011 at 06:18 AM in reply to don't just sit and watch
      Contact NC Training and Standards or Sheriffs Training and standards 9001 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27699-9001 919-779-8213
  • by Anonymous on Oct 25, 2011 at 08:48 AM
    All one has to do is read this forum to realize that one third of the people in this state are mentally deficient, another third are just plain stupid, and the other third is trying to get away from here. That's me.
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      by don't just sit and watch on Oct 25, 2011 at 10:24 AM in reply to
      And where pray tell will you get away from worldly corruption?
  • by JusticeForAll on Oct 24, 2011 at 07:16 PM
    I hope this officer "gets off" on a technicality and the on-duty officer who reported him gets sent to basic chemistry class. There is NO WAY that he "smelled alcohol" on ANYBODY'S breath--alcohol is a colorless, tasteless, odorless chemical. He may have smelled beer, wine or whiskey on this officer's breath, but is is physically impossible to "smell alcohol" on someone's breath, because alcohol has NO SMELL... Time to go back to high school and take a refresher course in Chemistry. If this is how they educate police officers to "investigate" and "testify", then we ALL need to worry about the security of our freedoms. I don't want police officers walking around drunk, but I alwo don't want other police officers makeing up evidence out of thin air, and claiming things that are physically impossible as a way to press a charge against someone...
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      by BS on Oct 25, 2011 at 05:08 AM in reply to JusticeForAll
      Alcohol is alcohol, no mater if its wine, beer, whiskey! No chemistry class needed for that!
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      by Huh? on Oct 25, 2011 at 02:42 PM in reply to JusticeForAll
      The security of our freedoms are threatened by semantics? Wow, we really are in trouble! Try again.
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      by BS in Chem on Oct 26, 2011 at 05:11 AM in reply to JusticeForAll
      as a Chemist, I KNOW ethyl alcohol does have a distinct odor. All low mass alcohols have a distinct odor characteristic to them, especially when they are warm, like around body temperature.
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      by Vince on Oct 26, 2011 at 06:55 AM in reply to JusticeForAll
      JusticeForAll doesn't have a clue about alcohol. If you are going to talk semantics, there just isn't one "alcohol." In chemistry alcohols are actually classes of organic compounds in which the hydroxyl functional group (-OH) is bound to a carbon atom, usually connected to other carbon or hydrogen atoms (source Wikipedia). There are lots of alcohols. And, yes, many alcohols have smells. Please do some research before making stupid posts on the Internet.
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        by JusticeForAll on Oct 30, 2011 at 12:19 PM in reply to Vince
        Actually, "Vince" and "BS in Chem", Ethyl Alcohol (the active ingredient in alcoholic beverages) does NOT have an "odor", at least not according to the MSDS issued by major chemical manufacturers. What you smell on someone's breath when they are intoxicated is the metabolites of their body processing alcohol, and the impurities in whatever specific beverage they consumed. Sure there are lots of different kinds of alcohols, but most of them do not occur in alcoholic beverages, and most of them are poisonous to consume... Semanitics (the study of the meaning of WORDS) is one of the FUNDAMENTAL BASICS of the law, and if cops can't even use the proper words to describe a situation, then their testimony should not be trusted as valid or reliable. If I see a tall man in a green Buick in a hit and run accident, and tell the Judge it was a short woman in a blue Toyota (which is just a semantic difference) then my testimony is not valid. Same goes here.
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