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KURE BEACH, NC (WWAY)– The cops pulled him over after spotting him driving with no front tire. Investigators say Charles Holden, son of former Southport Mayor Norman Holden, admitted he had been drinking and was under the influence of prescription drugs. But in May – a New Hanover County judge found him not guilty of driving while impaired. A viewer of ours just brought the case to our attention.

On January 16th 2009, Kure Beach Lieutenant Paul Hubbard responded to a call about an SUV driving on three tires and one rim. Lieutenant Hubbard pulled over Charles Holden. According to Hubbard’s report he immediately detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage on Holden’s breath. Hubbard says Holden’s speech was slurred and his eyes were red and glassy.

Holden performed and failed several field sobriety tests. He was arrested and taken back to the Carolina Beach Police Station. Even though Holden failed the field sobriety tests, which were captured on the police dash cam, when he got back to the station he blew a .06. However, they say alcohol wasn’t the only drug affecting his abilities.

According to the report Holden admitted to taking the prescription drug Lorazapam in addition to drinking. He was aware the drug should not be taken with alcohol and understood he should not drive while taking the drug. He also admitted to being recognized as the “mayor’s son” during a previous DWI arrest in which, the charges were dropped even though he’d consumed alcohol and taken about 14 prescription drugs.

“If you don’t heed those warnings about not operating machinery or not operating motor vehicles and you get behind the wheel of a car, you can injure somebody just as easily as if you had consumed alcohol,” said Lieutenant Paul Hubbard.

Lieutenant Hubbard testified when the case was heard in May. According to witnesses so did Charles Holden’s father Norman, who picked up his son the night of the incident, but Norman, the former Southport Mayor, denied testifying on his son’s behalf.

Judge John Carroll heard the case. Despite Holden admitting to taking the prescription drugs, failing the field sobriety tests, and driving about a mile on the rim of his car, Judge Carroll found Holden not guilty.

We couldn’t reach Charles Holden for comment and Judge Carroll did not return our phone calls.
Holden’s criminal record shows at least three DWI convictions. He’s also been found guilty of communicating threats.


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111 Comments on "ONLY ON 3: Obviously under the influence, former Mayor’s son found “not guilty”"

2015 years 10 months ago

Very well put counseler.

2015 years 10 months ago

This a shot at Judge Carroll not Mr. Holden.. Mr. Holden used his attorney to present the evidence. Plus if your on Probation for DWI you can’t drink or drug they are drug tested right often and he don’t have drivers license he can’t drive. And per the law if he has 3 DWI convections he can’t get his licenses back for a couple of years. So, you don’t have to worry about this guy driving around.. On the other arrest I don’t know much about it but most likely it won’t be heard by these set of DA’s. Brunswick County has two guys running. One thing happens at election time such as all the Oak Island arrest. The people going out will turn over and continue everything so the new DA will have to handle this. Every elected offical does this. If you are leaving your position, what do you care to turn over to the next set of DA’s..

2015 years 10 months ago

I wonder if you would be spouting off about “alcohol disease” and blah blah blah if he had crashed into your family’s car that night resulting in the death of YOUR family member???? This is his fourth DWI. I agree with you that we should have compassion where possible but this is his FOURTH DWI. At what point do you and your liberal buddies say enough is enough? Probably not until you lose a loved one. Unfortunate. Liberalism is what is bring this country down. That is why crime is rampant and people commit crimes and walk free, so they can commit yet another crime. You’ll be on the receiving end one day and then it will be too late.

By the way, you say it’s old news? Really? DWI’s sometimes takes many months to actually be tried due to continuance by the defendant’s attorney. May not be old news after all!!

2015 years 10 months ago

Why didn’t they put him in jail???? Why did the cop “let him go”??? Ask the magistrate! It’s not up to the officer to “put him in jail”. The officer presents the defendant before the magistrate and the magistrate alone decides upon release or confinement. If the officer “after observing Holden must have thought he was sober”, he wouldn’t have arrested him! IDIOT! The fact that Holden “completed all his requirements and paid all the fines” of his previous DWI’s is not revelant. The law is clear on previous DWI’s. The fact he complied with the court’s orders and judgements has nothing to do with the fact that he committed the crime again for his FOURTH time!

2015 years 10 months ago

I wish that all of you knew the law before speaking on it…The law changed to DWI so that it would cover exactly these types of cases…Driving While Impaired…While Impaired is the key…how many things out there in the world make a driver impaired…Benadryl, NyQuil…being sleepy…all are examples of being impaired and having your faculties impaired enough to be charged with this crime…the fact that this driver registered a .06 on the Intoxilyzer is just a piece of evidence, just as the report, the officer’s observations, the speech, the eyes, the odor, and the performance on a field sobriety test. Just based upon the story presented here, I find it amazing that he was found not guilty, but the presumed way of thinking for most judges and lawyers is that if you do not register a .08 or greater then you are not guilty of DWI when in fact that is wrong. Someone high on cocaine will register .00 on a breath test but I don’t believe anyone will argue that the person is not impaired.


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