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Cop convicted of DWI After Wreck

Cop convicted of DWI After Wreck

Hickory Daily Record

April 16, 2011

HICKORY, N.C. — Hickory Police Department Investigator Robert Falowski was convicted Thursday of driving while impaired.

“I believe police officers are held to a higher standard than other people,” said District Court Judge Deborah Brown of Iredell County during the sentencing. “You are expected not to go home after an accident and have a beer to claim you got drunk after the accident.”

Falowski was given a 60-day suspended sentence, 12 months of unsupervised probation and ordered to complete 24 hours of community service. Falowski also was ordered to pay a $100 fine and court costs including a $600 SBI lab fee for the alcohol blood test that recorded his blood alcohol level at .11. The legal limit is .08.

As he left the courtroom following the decision, Falowski said his attorney, Gene Sigmon, had already filed an appeal in the case.

Sigmon said he was surprised by the court’s decision and expects the Superior Court to overturn the verdict.

After Falowski was charged with DWI in early December, the Hickory Police Department placed Falowski on administrative duty pending the outcome of the department’s internal investigation and the court’s decision in the case.

“After the verdict today (Thursday), the HPD will finalize the administrative investigation regarding this matter and follow the city of Hickory’s personnel policy to address the incident,” said Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins. “I consider all of the information from the court proceedings today and the statements previously taken during this investigation.”


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    TrafficCop28

    over 3 years ago

    1424 Comments

    Dumb, dumb, dumb!

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    chiefkcr

    over 3 years ago

    3614 Comments

    Very sad !

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    philfroggy

    over 3 years ago

    1564 Comments

    Disappointing

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    BForJuvCor

    over 3 years ago

    846 Comments

    Very upsetting.

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    rhood

    over 3 years ago

    23592 Comments

    Anothere bad decision has an officers career cirling the bowl.

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    PRO1000

    over 3 years ago

    958 Comments

    Very Sad I live 45 min away from them. Dang another brother gone over the Sauce....

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    SgtJoe1350

    over 3 years ago

    24484 Comments

    sad !!

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    T_9

    over 3 years ago

    5668 Comments

    Bump LonnaNJ. This is a sad story, but as so many of us has seen, this job is hard on us. We are humans and we do make mistakes. His may have cost him his career, thank God it did not cost an innocent life. We are held to a higher standard and there are less people willing to stop us when they see us spiraling out of control. We have to learn how to help our brothers and sisters in need before they get to these breaking points.

    Bump also to LAWMANTUKES! We don't see departments doing the right thing enough.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Here's aother balck eye for the rest of us to wear.

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    1015witONE

    over 3 years ago

    4 Comments

    Thats why community policing doesn't work and officers do not have the same moral standard as before. Tassin_2164, what academy did you goto? I would like to know who taught you that you are not held to a higher standard. I don't understand this, we can make snap life or death decision's in the line of duty. But this guy can't make a decision to give up his keys when he is about to start drinking. Yellow Cab Co. on speed dial for the win!

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    manintan

    over 3 years ago

    76 Comments

    Shits always gana hit the fan, sooner or later!

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Bump! LAWMANTUKES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Tassin_2164

    over 3 years ago

    120 Comments

    Two months suspension, not bad. But im sure he could have called someone working the streets to pick him up. And eff that higher standard bs. We are human just like everyone else.

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    AKangel

    over 3 years ago

    4974 Comments

    Another LE career most likely down the tubes, don't be afraid to call a Friend....... Very Sad!

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    abridges_2506

    over 3 years ago

    136 Comments

    He should have known better

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