FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: State Trooper claims Chadbourn Town Manager showed him badge and said, “I’m the Chief”

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Submitted: Thu, 03/24/2011 - 3:50am
Updated: Thu, 03/24/2011 - 1:29pm

CHADBOURN, NC (WWAY) — He was caught speeding and given a ticket, but this traffic stop soon led to a much more serious charge. So why is Chadbourn Town Manager Stevie Cox facing a charge of impersonating an officer?

Chadbourn Town Attorney Butch Pope says Cox’s charge all started when a state trooper pulled Cox over for speeding last week.

“(Cox) and the mayor and two members of the local ABC board had to go to Raleigh on town business, and the town car is not that reliable. So they drove an unmarked Ford Explorer that the police of chief normally drives,” Pope said.

Pope says a trooper pulled Cox over for speeding on the drive back and asked Cox for his license and registration.

“Of course Stevie Cox is not in his own car. He doesn’t have his registration. He hands the paper work he finds in that Explorer, and the police chief had a badge in there, so he hands all that to the trooper showing that it was a town vehicle; not a personal vehicle,” Pope said.

But a search warrant says that Cox told the officer he was “the police chief of Chadbourn, NC.”

Pope says the trooper wrote up Cox for speeding and expired license before letting them move on.

According to the Highway Patrol’s Columbus County office troopers were told Tuesday to arrest cox for impersonating an officer.

Pope joined Cox as he turned himself in Tuesday afternoon.

“We got the paperwork. He didn’t have to post any bond. He was charged with misdemeanor impersonation of a law enforcement officer and charged with misdemeanor resisting and delaying, which I don’t understand,” Pope said.

Cox pleaded not guilty on those charges. He is scheduled back in court April 12.

We reached out to Cox for comment, but have not heard back. Pope says Cox is embarrassed by this whole ordeal.


  • Guest says:

    He tried to get away with it but the trooper new who the real chief was. Sounds like to me when that didn’t work out for him all of the sudden he was “just joking” my eight year old tries to pull that same crap on me when he gets in trouble knowing what he was doing was wrong. It doesn’t usually work out in his favor either.

  • Grand Ole Party says:

    You are talking about tinted windows!!!! It has nothing to do with the above story. Not STORE, STORY!!! He STOPPED the man for speeding not STOP!! If you have are interested in why they have TINTED windows and speed ASK THEM.

  • topnotchrep says:

    I think Cox is just like any other person who holds a public office. Once in office, they suddenly become exempt from all the rules, laws and everyday bounderies that regular hard working, tax paying people have to abide by and give an account for. They use and abuse the system. As usual, its all another day in the life of a public official.

  • glenn davis says:

    WHERE IS CHIEF KELLY RODGERS WHEN YOU NEED HIM, probably enjoying life as a robenson county sheriffs officer, lol. sitting back watching the news and saying to himself “what in the world is going on in a town that i loved so much”. I dont know what happened all i can do is speculate like everyone else. I can tell you this i would bet my life they all knew what they were doing from the point of getting behind the wheel of the vehicle e x c e p t for the town manager. Sure he probably knew he has an expired license but figured he was with some authority so he could get by with it. But Mr manager let me remind you who you are dealing with. You are surrounded with people that will let you drive them around illegally knowing that if something happens you are their excape route. you are dealing with people that will be seen with you just to say they know a black man so they can hide their rascism. you can bet on one thing if they can get you out of it by Mr. Pope putting the case off until he can get his judge their they will. They will shove it down the throats of the towns people like they always have. B U T. if the heat gets W A R M you, my friend, will be thrown under the bus QUICKLY. unemployed and tarnished like you have never seen. remember Rex Gore is not there anymore and the new DA is will not BEND the law. You better check your town history. You had a mayor that was in the KKK and the backing of a KKK council. You had aunblemished BLACK chief that never missed a days work and never had a case unsolved. SBI investigations only says the only thing wrong with the chief is he is too honest, lol I think the paper said “we gonna fire him no matter what it cost” if i can remember the reigning mayors picture was in the headline. I remember one mayor last named Shaw said There is a fine line between a good Chief and a crook so he didnt think Chief Rogers qualified. one mayor came to me personally and said “if you help me fire that NIGGER ill make you chief” God rest his sole. The road up the political pole is slippery if your not willing to sell your soul to get to the top then my friend remember the good guys are still here at the bottom to catch you when you fall and believe me their is no safety net provided by the council in chadbourn. So remember dont burn your bridges with the towns people because they are your support. Drive by an elderly ladys house once in a while go in visit and ask them if you can help them in anyway be sincere. i was taught that from a good man it carried him a long way. be honest no matter what the consequences. remember its not all about the money serve the public not the greedy. Your fellow members will not like you but you will be able to sleep at night. biggest thing to help the people get rid of you traffic cops and hire investigators. put infasis on catching people who steal and kill instead of getting more money out of the real tax payer running 5 minutes late for work. i know that is an expense not a money maker but remember tax dollars already pay your salary how can you get paid if a tax payer cannot afford to pay taxes because his license was revoked for a speeding ticket or he cant get to work because his car was stolen you cant find it because you have no investigators. Listen dont baddger me about grammar or spelling its 5:00 in the morning and im headed to work. you can get the message from this. Good luck.. somebody call Kelly Rodgers and thank him for the sacrifice he gave to the good people of Chadbourn.

  • Guest says:

    Nope, the insurance won’t go up because one of the Town’s council members is their insurance agent too. Wow, talk about covering all points of interest!

  • Guest says:

    You are going to have a heart attack!!

  • Guest says:

    My question is what is going to happen to the chief of police??? Shouldn’t he be liable for making sure anyone who drives his/her patrol vehicle has an active driver’s license??? I mean really!! Is it that hard to ask him/her to do his/her own job or is he/she too busy kissing the manager’s butt to get involved??? Also, I agree with everyone else. Why is the man who just lost the race for DA in the county, and who swore up and down that he was tired of inside politics, protecting someone who broke the law and has no particular interest in the manager’s personal matters?? Shouldn’t the attorney be protecting the TOWN’s interest and making sure that the appropriate council members have the best knowledge at hand so they can handle the incident internally instead of placing himself in a position to where he is now a conflict of interest??!! WOW, that town’s mayor, council members, town manager, chief, and attorney sound like they are starting to cover their own tracks. Or do the town’s council members not have any power over the real problems at hand? The Chief is the person that I would investigate in this matter…let me guess, he can’t report his patrol car stolen now since Mr. Cox got pulled over, right? This is going to be a cover-up, I see it now and yes, Mr. Cox, the chief, and the mayor will still have their jobs at the end. Wow, remind me not to go through that town when going to the beach!! Also, nothing has been reported in the article about what the mayor did to stop the town manager from saying that he was a cop. Doesn’t the mayor look just as guilty as the town manager in this case if he just bites his tongue?

  • Hiratio says:

    The Town Manager needs to be held accountable in accordance to the town personel policy. I am sure there is a requirement that town employees need to have a valid NC Drivers License. The insurance carrier for the town might go up on the policy if they are made aware employees are driving town vehicles without a license. I am sure it was an oversight and honest mistake on Mr. Cox’s part. As a Chadbourn native on 410, I Hope Mr Cox will be treated fairly not only by council but the court system. Maybe he can retain RC or The Great Joe Chesire to represent him.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    this doesn’t put a damper on the Chadbourn Strawberry Festival.

  • Guest says:

    I have a question? Why can North Carolina State Troopers have dark tented windows on there personnal car and or trucks? Why can North Carolina State Troopers Speed on the job and off the job and not get a ticket? Why are they above the laws and rules? Who writes them up for tented windows and speeding?

  • lawdog62 says:

    It is “tinted” ,you pathetic, simple-minded moronic dullard, NOT “TENTED”, which means to make a tent.

    All highway patrol cars have FACTORY installed tint, which is LEGAL under state law. Non-factory installed tinting must be certified at a shop that a certain amount of light is allowed to pass through.

    Troopers are exempt from speed limits as are police, fire, EMS and ambulance type vehicles when performing official duties (pursuing a violator or responding to an emergency)under GS 20-141.

    I hope when one of your crack smoking buddies is beating your head in with a tire tool, they do the speed limit to come and help you.

    If they are needlessly speeding, the Highway Patrol has an internal affairs unit (cops of the cops) who investigate misconduct. Sounds like you are a retard. Go back to kindergarten, or better yet, just kill yourself, you dumpster-born, septic tank-dwelling, inbred loser…..

  • Guest says:

    I was wondering why the town attorney is representing Mr Cox for all this. Shouldn’t he be paying for his own representation? Why do the taxpayers have to foot the bill for this?

  • Guest says:

    This whole thing is beginning to stink. Why are the local officials so cozy with the Chadbourn ABC board members? I understand gas prices are high, but the ABC board members riding with the Mayor and Town Manager is a little too cozy. After the deal with the Williams Clan, I would think that the ABC people would be required by the State of North Carolina to drive themselves to the Raleigh meeting. What else went on? Maybe we should check how many steak dinners were bought, and who paid.

  • Guest says:

    I bet he is embarrassed! He got caught and broke the law on three different issues and now the town of Chadbourn residents have to pay the price with there tax dollars. He should have to pay for his on private attorney to get himself out of this mess! You watch he will
    get out of this with a slap on the hand.(ITS ALL ABOUT WHO YOU KNOW AND WHO YOU ARE IN THAT COUNTY)! I would love to see what they would do to any of us regular folks if we impersonated a police officer playing or not that is a CRIME!! Hey Chadbourn residents if your car is messing up since your tax dollars paid for that police car shouldn’t you be able to borrow it too? And guess what they leave the chief of police’s badge in the car so it might come in handy if you get pulled over. If I lived in that town I would make sure my voice was heard about how my money was being spent! Does this man think he is above the law because of his position he hold’s there in Chadbourn? I hope the DA and the courts do the right thing here! And I hope the town of Chadbourn does the right thing also but I almost forgot COX runs the town of Chadbourn!! What a lucky break for him.

  • Grand Ole Party says:

    Hey genius it’s spelled TINTED not TENTED. If you want to know the answers to your questions join the SHP. No one said they were above the law. I can only assume you have had problems with a LEO in the past.

  • Guest says:

    It has a lot to do with this store GENIUS. He stop this man for speeding.

  • Guest says:

    If I was arrested for impersonating a Police officer I bet I would have to pay a bond to get out! See Columbus County is already displaying how they run things. Why didn’t he have to pay a bond to get out? Two to one nothing happens to this guy! Because He’s one of the good o’l boys!

  • Guest says:

    Cox’s is not a cop he is a Town Manager that was impersonating a cop.

  • Guest says:

    Sounds like to me someone was trying to sweep this under the rug and it blew up right in Cox face. I’m glad to know there is someone out there that wouldnt let that happen! He did break the law.

  • Guest says:

    Why was Mr. Cox driving while his license was revoked? Why was he authorized to drive without a license? There were licensed drivers in the vehicle. Why was he speeding? The vehicle was unmarked. Is Mr. Cox above the law???????????

  • me to you says:

    if you know chadbourn like i know it the black man was the driver because the good ole boys were drinking it up and didnt want to take a chance on their career ending when they could throw him under the bus lol all of them are crooks. i know ive worked there and they threw a black cheif under the bus “just because”

  • Guest says:

    It says expired NOT revoked

  • Guest says:

    If you would read it says his license were expired not revoked. Big difference.

  • Guest says:

    His license was not revoked it was expired…big difference!

  • Guest says:

    Sorry and I am not trying to be rude but with your own logic, you say as long as no one uses the blue lights/siren or telling the cop that you are a police officer… Mr. Cox DID say that he was a police officer while driving the unmarked vehicle. My question is what is going to happen to the chief of police??? Shouldn’t he be liable for making sure anyone who drives his patrol vehicle has an active driver’s license??? I mean really!! Is it that hard to ask him to do his own job or is he too busy kissing the manager’s butt to get involved??? Also, I agree with everyone else. Why is the man who just lost the race for DA in the county and swore up and down that he was tired of inside politics protecting someone who broke the law and has no particular interest in the manager’s personal matters?? Shouldn’t the attorney be protecting the TOWN’s interest and making sure that the appropriate council members have the best knowledge so they can handle the incident internally instead of placing himself in a position to where he is now a conflict of interest??!! WOW, that town’s mayor, council members, town manager, chief, and attorney sound like they are experienced at covering their own tracks. Or do the town’s council members not have any power over the real problems at hand? The Chief is the person that I would investigate in this matter…let me guess, he ran out of time to report his patrol car as stolen now right?

  • Guest says:

    The news report says it was an “unmarked” vehicle.

  • Guest22 says:

    I hope that cox learns a lesson from this. He probably thought that since he was driving a cop car that he could speed and get away with it. There is no need for a cop car to be driving fast unless there is a call or an emergency. Furthermore, he probably wasn’t even in columbus county. In my opinion that is impersonating an officer and the highway patrol trooper is right. The town of Chadbourn needs to hold him and the police chief accountable for letting him use his vehicle. They could have gotten another vehicle to use or got theirs fixed. I’m sure this wasn’t a spur of the moment meeting. They had time to plan. I cant believe that stevie cox is a town planner and he cant plan on a trip arrangements and having a current driver license.

  • Guest says:

    Get down off your high horse and read the article. First of all he isn’t the town planner, he’s the town MANAGER!!! Secondly, there is no law saying that a law enforcement officer must be the only one to drive a marked or unmarked police vehicle. So he was speeding, how many people do you know that do the speed limit on the highway??? Get over yourself and stop trying to downplay a guy who could be a good person (and no, I have not met or even heard of him before this)

  • Guest says:

    If he is stopped for driving over the speed limit then there needs to be an investigation on all cops. Just about every cop I see driving in marked cars drives fast and over the speed limit without the flashers or sirens on, this includes the k-9 crew too. Im willing to bet the trooper that stopped him drives over the speed limit also when there’s no emergency. This is why the law enforcement needs serious help. This situation could have been easily handled than this. This state trooper should have just called his boss if he had doubts.

  • Only human says:

    I know Mr. Cox personally….there are most certainly two sides to this story. He is a law abiding person….and God fearing. My best advice is for you to let the courts decide this and stop prosecuting him in your misinformed court of opinions. I agree with “get over yourself”. And to the person who has been driving 30 years…so have I. Well I’ve actually been driving for 35 years…In that time I have inadvertently let my license expire and on occasion have gone over the speed limit. I don’t believe that in 30 years, you have never gone over the speed limit. Sounds like you need to keep it real.

  • Guest says:

    First of all, there is a law stating you can’t speed (which he did). Second, there is a law stating you must have a current license to operate a motor vehicle (which he did not). Third, there is a law stating you can’t flash a badge and say “I’m the Chief” (which he did). I really doubt the State Trooper is going to lie about that. You seem to miss the point that elected and appointed officials, town, state or federal government, are held to a higher standard because they represent us and are using taxpayer resources. However, most of the time they feel they are above the law and will compromise their integrity because they have a little power and will lie or hire a slick lawyer to get out of the mess they created. As for your final comment, what does being a “good person” have to do with any of this? Many good people do stupid things. Stop the good person crap and stick to the facts of what happened. Yes, many people speed, however not many of them are town MANAGERS with expired drivers licenses flashing a badge saying “I’m the Chief.” I’ve been driving for 30 years and have never let my license expire. Mr. Cox should have to go through drivers education again with the full exam and road test, just like a 16 year old. How can he MANAGE a town if he can’t even manage his own affairs?

  • Guest says:

    If he is a manager and cant manage to get a current drivers license, then he is not a good manager. Sure everyone makes mistakes, I just hope he didn’t make too many this time. I think he will get off the hook because the trooper didn’t charge him at the time of the infraction of impersonating an officer. Either way, what he did cannot be good publicity for the town of Chadbourn.

  • Guest says:

    Actually, there is. Statutes 20‑137.2, 14-277, and 20‑130.1(c); if you need reference points. (If the chief “normally uses” that vehicle, I would imagine that it has some sort of emergency lights installed or equipped somehow.)

    Granted, we don’t know the other half of the story and it’d be nice to see the other half before we pass judgement. Now, I’m sure that Chadbourn has some sort of reimbursement policy in regards to gas on a personally owned vehicle used for official business. Even small businesses have gasoline/mileage reimbursement policies. Why wasn’t that option thought of before doing something like that?

  • Guest says:

    “Pope says even though Cox told the trooper he was not a cop, the State Patrol still felt like they needed to charge him with impersonating an officer.”

    I am curious to know more about why they charged him with impersonating an officer. Shouldn’t there be a arrest report on why he was charged and for what reasons? You guys should be good at digging that up.

  • Guest4396 says:

    Something does not add up here. So far as I know, there is no law forbidding someone who is not an officer from driving a marked vehicle. Mechanics do it all the time. I have done it as well. As long as you don’t use the blue lights/siren or tell someone you are a law enforcement officer, what has been done wrong?

  • John Henry says:

    so; was the police chief’s Explorer a marked vehicle and if so, how does one get pulled over for speeding in a marked police vehicle? Also: as a title shouldn’t “Police Chief” be capitalized?

  • GuestWho says:

    Why do so many people comment on an article when they’ve clearly not understood what was written? It says in the article that it was an “unmarked” car. No wonder kids test scores are so low. Their parents can’t even read and comprehend what was written. God help us!

  • Guest says:

    I never heard his side of the story. If he also handed over his license along with the Badge. That could mean he was joking possible. A judge would take this very serious, and it is best for him to be straight forward and honest. So they arrested him days later not on the spot. Sounds like he might had been joking and the State Trooper told his commander who is all gung ho to go by the book and arrest him. My opinion, but there is 2 sides and it is up to a judge or jury to decide this. If he was joking it will be a expensive joke.

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