Report: Blood Test Reveals Prescription Drugs In Judge's System

There is new information in the case of a local judge who was charged with DWI in November.

Greene County officials say drug tests came back this month, and Judge Lonnie Carraway had traces of prescription drugs in his system.

Greene County officials say there were traces of Amitriptyline and Zolpidem. Both drugs can be used to treat insomnia. The judge has told media outlets he suffers from sleep issues.

Officials have not confirmed if Carraway had prescriptions for the drugs. His next court date is March 30.

Carraway is a district court judge for Lenoir, Wayne and Greene Counties. He is currently not hearing any DWI cases.


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  • by Anonymous on Jan 27, 2012 at 05:29 AM
    It appears that we will all learn how to get off a DUI from this case! It appears that whatever you drink does not matter as long as you have a prescription for something...
  • by Anonymous on Jan 26, 2012 at 05:24 PM
    So this guy does this and gets a DWI and a girl huffs glue or whatever a week or two ago,crashes into a building and is not charged with DWI.The chick was impaired were'nt she?
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Jan 26, 2012 at 05:21 PM
    This is the ultimate sign that at least 90% of the judges and DAs are hypocrites and most of them should have their law license taken away from them.
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      by Police on Jan 26, 2012 at 06:45 PM in reply to Sam
      One judge screws up and it is proof that 90% of them are hypocrites? How is that? He deserves what he gets but one bad apple doesn't prove the whole tree is bad.
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        by Sam on Jan 26, 2012 at 08:23 PM in reply to Police
        Well think about it. The judges and DA's will tell someone how alcohol is bad for them and how drinking and driving wont be tolerated, but yet they will go to some kind of formal (for example at a Country Club) carry on drink about 6 or 7 liquor drinks and then get behind the wheel all looped out, thinking they are invisible and can get by with anything. It happens everywhere you go, especially in places like Greenville, Raleigh, and Wilmington, where the people love to stay drunk. I'll guarantee Mike Nifong, the DA for the Duke lacrosse case was one of the main ones who was that way, thinking he could get away with his corruption in the case. I'll admit, me and my wife drink but one thing we don't do is get behind the wheel after drinking. Last time I drove drunk I had found out I was traveling the wrong way on a 1 way street in Raleigh, and was extremely lucky to not get caught. That was about 10 years ago, and I'll never do it again.
  • by Anonymous Location: New Bern, NC on Jan 26, 2012 at 11:19 AM
    A Judge more than anyone should know to read the labels and find out the effects of medication before driving. He should not get a free pass no more than anyone else who goes before a judge in court with the same excuse. If someone had been hurt, the family would not care if prescribed or illegal.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 26, 2012 at 09:59 AM
    No surprise, all these zombies on meds driving around everywhere.
  • by found out Location: kinston on Jan 26, 2012 at 08:16 AM
    I guess he does have insomnia,,letting all these thugs back on streets to do more crimes!!!!We need more judges like Les Turner!
  • by NC Woman Location: Eastern NC on Jan 26, 2012 at 07:20 AM
    There are plenty of public officials, dr's, nurses, etc. who take both of the meds mentioned. My questions are were the prescriptions his and valid (obtained within the last year) and was his level for the ambien such that he had just taken it prior to driving? Without those answers, this is a pointless story.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 26, 2012 at 09:52 AM in reply to NC Woman
      Amen to that. Everybody needs to wait till they actually KNOW something before blowing up about it. Nobody has verified if he has a prescription or not. I agree.. pointless.
  • by NC Woman Location: Eastern NC on Jan 26, 2012 at 07:20 AM
    There are plenty of public officials, dr's, nurses, etc. who take both of the meds mentioned. My questions are were the prescriptions his and valid (obtained within the last year) and was his level for the ambien such that he had just taken it prior to driving? Without those answers, this is a pointless story.
  • by kd Location: MHC on Jan 26, 2012 at 06:50 AM
    So now will all the people that he sentenced while under these drugs influence be able to go back and get a new (fair, from a judge that is not cloudy in the head) court date. HMMMMMM how much more money will that cost the tax payers!
  • by Support Location: ENC on Jan 26, 2012 at 05:58 AM
    If you think that he should be punished then I hope you dont ever need a judge to help you. He also puts his life on the line everyday putting criminals in jail and possibly having to face their families afterwards. How dare you expect judges or law enforcement to obey the same laws they are enforcing! HA, I FOOL YOU! Sarcasm people, remember this the next time anyone in the LE game is charged with anything and the "dont call em when you need help" folks come out.
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