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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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2016 years 2 months ago

The numeric refers to the BAC, or Blood Alcohol Content, NOT DWI. Hopefully you’re bright enough to concede that alcohol is not the only thing that can impair someone’s driving. Think about it, Einstein: Would you want to be driving around on public roads with someone who is taking LSD? I seriously doubt it, Dim Bulb. So with that in mind, can you not honestly see that taking drugs of any sort can impair driving?

Even if .06 is all this case rested on (which it does NOT), how is having this .o6-blowing clown on the roads… Read more »

2016 years 2 months ago

He’s admitted everything and your not saying nothing he hasn’t said. He told the truth like I posted last night. He appeared to be the best person for a law officer to pull over at 2am. He was calm didn’t resist he told the the truth.

But did you notice the first topic today…This is two different people in this video…watch it one has a dark jacket on and they don’t show his face and in another shot he has on a cream light colored jacket on and they show his face…both appear to be handcuff… … Read more »

2016 years 2 months ago

Wilmington Police Department, Carolina Police Department and New Hanover Sheriff’s Department all allow some officers to drive home patrol cars. It isn’t something special only for Kure Beach officers. As soon as they are in the cars on the way to work they are available for calls unlike officers that drive their personal vehicles.

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2016 years 2 months ago

I love it Tom – you are actually hoping Carroll gets voted out? Carroll is a Republican. So you’ll vote for his Democrat challenger?

I used to work in the criminal justice system, although it has been a couple of years. Carroll was definitely not the judge that “judge shopping” attorneys wanted hearing their cases. If Judge Carroll found the guy not guilty, there must have been some compelling reason. Judge Carroll is an honorable man, and is a reservist who served in the JAG court when called to duty.

2016 years 2 months ago

Yet ANOTHER example of how flawed our judicial system is. They make a law then another law to cover that one and then another to cover the last one, then another, another, another. We are in a state of disgrace and it only gets worse. No responsibility for your crimes. Excuses, laws, excuses, laws. . . get the point????

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