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Officer Arrested for DUI after Trooper Assoc. Sponsored Golf Tournament

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http://www.charlotte.com/local/story/239824.html

LINCOLN COUNTY
Deputy's arrest prompts review
N.C. Troopers''s group event scrutinized after wreck, DWI charge
arainey@charlotteobserver.com AMY RAINEY

The N.C. Highway Patrol will investigate a golf tournament sponsored by a troopers association following the drunken-driving arrest of a Lincoln County deputy who attended.

A narcotics officer with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office was charged Wednesday night with driving while impaired after his Ford pickup hit a house.

Bruce Allen White, off-duty at the time, had consumed beer that day at the annual N.C. Troopers Association golf tournament, the sheriff's office said.

White, with the department 12 years, resigned Wednesday night. At a Thursday news conference, Sheriff Tim Daugherty said White "regrets that he exercised such poor judgment."

The Highway Patrol is investigating to find out whether troopers violated any policies at the event, though it has not heard of any incidents, said Lt. Everett Clendenin, a patrol spokesman.

Troopers are required to act in a professional manner on and off duty and not take part in anything that would embarrass the agency, Clendenin said.

The Highway Patrol is concerned about the distribution of free beer at the event at the Lincoln Country Club in Lincolnton, Clendenin said. The N.C. Troopers Association is not sponsored by the Highway Patrol, but is made up of retired and current troopers.

"We don't like to hear that, especially at an event that troopers are attending and sponsored by an association related to the Highway Patrol," he said.

The tournament, which was open to the public, started at 9 a.m. And ended about 2 p.m. The event included lunch and an awards ceremony. Deputies who were there were not representing the sheriff's office and were not on duty, the sheriff's office said.

Tournament organizer Lynn Morrow acknowledged that free beer was available. Morrow, a retired trooper who is now director of professional standards for the Lincoln sheriff's office, would not comment on who supplied it. Soft drinks and water were also served.

Morrow said participants are responsible for their own actions and said he didn't know where White was after 2 p.m.

"They're grown adults," Morrow said. "They're responsible for themselves."

http://www.charlotte.com/local/story/239824.html

Morrow and Chief Deputy Barry Taylor both said they drank beer at the event. Morrow, for example, said he drank two beers and "probably a case of water."

Taylor said White was at the country club when he left around 3 p.m. And he didn't observe him to be intoxicated.

"I wouldn't have let him leave if I thought he was intoxicated," Taylor said.

Daugherty, who did not attend, said he will investigate to determine whether other deputies were drinking at the event. Daugherty said he would prefer deputies not consume alcohol at public events, but he has no policy prohibiting them from doing so.

Tournament organizer Morrow will conduct the investigation because he is head of internal affairs, Daugherty said.

"He'd be the one to investigate because he'd have firsthand knowledge," Daugherty said.

About 5 p.m., White's vehicle crashed into a house on Buffalo Shoals Road in Lincoln County, the sheriff's office said.

Ralph Laney said a man drove across his front yard, ran over shrubbery and crashed into his brick garage, which is attached to the house.

Laney said the driver was unconscious, but awoke when his cell phone rang. As emergency vehicles approached, the driver backed out across the driveway and left, Laney said. The Highway Patrol later arrested White at his home in Maiden.

White, 36, told troopers he had been at a golf tournament and was heading home at the time of the crash, Clendenin said.

Roughly an hour and a half after the crash, White's blood-alcohol content was 0.18, well over the legal limit of 0.08, the patrol said.

Laney's house sustained damage. No one was injured.

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

I just saw this in the newspaper. This is tragic, but alcohol can lead to this. I would love to hear everyone's thoughts. I'm sure they are now going to try and remove alcohol from some law enforcement golf tournaments.

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

...tell me one benefit of drinking...I can't think of anything. Why not kick back with a Coke instead of a martini? I don't understand the drinking culture. Like I said, I have never seen anything good come of it, but I have sure as hell seen a lot of bad stuff...maybe I am just not in the "cool" loop?

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

I'm a big fan of a Cola myself, but I also have affairs with Margarita's occassionally.

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If you are going to drink do it at home or get s sober driver.Everyone makes choices and he choose to take a chance and it was a terrible mistake.Personally i dont drink either!

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

He did make a bad choice, but should alcohol be removed from LE Events?

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last time i checked we as adult are held responsible for our own actions nobody forced the beer on him and especially being an officer of the law should have know better than to drive home. Im also a fireman and we do the same type tournament but the designated drivers get arm band so the servers know who to give the alcohol to maybe this would have helped maybe.

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

I totally agree. We are adults and need to be responsible.

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The one thing that i will never understand as long as i live, is why we punish the strong for what the weak do.
grown f-ing men, acting like a bunch of school boys.
im not a drinker but i dont believe in punishment for all when one makes a mistake.

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

saddle your own bronc !!!!!! don't stop the rodeo !!...it may ruin it for the cowboys who have someone to pick em up dust em off and drive em home !
I get really tired of the stupid hurts concept....stupid hurts ...........everyone......when stupid dictates what everyone else can and can't do

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

deskwared said:

...tell me one benefit of drinking...I can't think of anything. Why not kick back with a Coke instead of a martini? I don't understand the drinking culture. Like I said, I have never seen anything good come of it, but I have sure as hell seen a lot of bad stuff...maybe I am just not in the "cool" loop?

I prefer pepsi myself.....lol

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

Hey Animal, Were you at this tournament? LOL

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The house probably jumped out in the middle of the road... second of all do you notice that when an average citizen makes a mistake it never hits the front page? I know we are held to higher standards but we have families... we have to live in these communities and to get a DUI and/or lose your job is one thing but the media smears the officer and the department and you now are the ex police officer with a drinking problem and your agency is under investigation for a lost traffic ticket from 10 years ago. I read about this all the time in the papers and it always ends up that way.