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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Raleigh attorney who accused a North Carolina Highway Patrol officer of intimidating him and his wife has his own legal troubles. WWAY has learned Hoyt Tessener is due in Wake County Court Thursday on a simple assault charge.

According to court documents obtained by WWAY, Tessener is accused of punching a man in the face at 3:13 a.m. on December 5, 2010. The documents also show that the case went to mediation, but when no agreement was reached, a trial date was requested.

As WWAY was first to report Tuesday, Tessener sent a letter to Gov. Bev Perdue this week complaining about Tpr. Edward Wyrick Jr. after Wyrick pulled over Tessener’s wife Gina last week in New Hanover County on suspicion of drunk driving. In the letter and in an on-camera interview with WWAY and our affiliate station WTVD in Raleigh, the Tesseners claim Wyrick had no reason to pull over Gina and that he bullied the couple at the Wrightsville Beach Police Department following the arrest, especially after Gina twice blew a 0.00 blood alcohol level on a breath test.

Video from the police station obtained by WWAY, though, tells a somewhat different story. The limited camera angles and audio show no evidence Wyrick was hostile toward the couple, and that his demeanor did not change until after Hoyt Tessener arrived and called out the trooper.

Wyrick and Tpr. Andrew Smith are on administrative duty pending an internal affairs investigation. Smith pulled Hoyt Tessener over as Hoyt tried to follow Wyrick as he took Gina from the Wrightsville Beach Police Department to the New Hanover County Jail to be released by a magistrates. The Tesseners claim Wyrick set up the traffic stop of Hoyt.

Stay with WWAY NewsChannel 3 and wwaytv3.com for more information on this developing story.

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Guest54321
2016 years 2 months ago

Not glorified crossing guards and revenue collectors like the SHP

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passerby
2016 years 2 months ago

The lady had admitted to having drinks earlier in the day. Her idiot husband was stopped because he was speeding. He’s obviously the “hothead” in this situation and the previous incident of him assaulting someone at a bar. I pray the Trooper sues this ignorant injury attorney for Defamation.

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RNER
2016 years 2 months ago

This post, everyone, is a glimpse into the psyche of many of our law enforcement officers. We should all be so lucky as to have a high profile attorney for a spouse. How many of these incidents never make the news?

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RNER
2016 years 2 months ago

I can vouch somewhat for the hothead comments. I have worked with these guys for the last 14 years as an ER nurse. Troopers spend a good deal of time in local ER’s. Of course I would never make the claim that all Troopers exhibit this kind of mentality but it certainly seems to be the rule rather than the exception. As a side note, I have seen, many, many times citizens Constitutional rights violated on a regular basis by law enforcement.

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Dr.Phil
2016 years 2 months ago

It seems to me the NCHP has filled it’s quota of new recruits with a bunch of hotheads…I know because I know a lot of them…they think that they are God”s gift to women and thet since they have a badge and a gun they are Wyatt Earpp.Back in the 70″s you had real men that knew how to act and were highly respected.Today you have some from that same mold,then you have this new breed with there muscle cars that have an ego as big as Texas…I know Gov. Perdue has no stones but somebody needs to reprogram these… Read more »

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