FIRST ON 3: Attorney who accused trooper has court date for assault


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Submitted: Fri, 07/01/2011 - 9:25pm
Updated: Sat, 07/02/2011 - 1:18am
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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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55 Comments on "FIRST ON 3: Attorney who accused trooper has court date for assault"


Grand Ole Party
2015 years 8 months ago

Well dear if you have seen “Many, many times citizens constitutional rights violated” and failed to report it “many, many” times then that kinda puts you in the same boat!!! So either stop your crying or grow a set and be part of the solution.

Guest-50
2015 years 8 months ago

have your own camera rolling,history repeats ask rodney king lol

Dr.Phil
2015 years 8 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 arrogant cowboys before they hurt somebody or before they get hurt.

sailboat2323
2015 years 8 months ago

Why do all you cop lovers think because some of us do not like cops we are felons or been arrested or stoppped for speeding, etc. Maybe we are smarter than you and realize the games they play and their power trips. The German people loved the Nazi Storm Troopers and Hitler at first until it was turned on them, wake up people. When the day comes for a police state you will be shocked and wonder where all your rights went to.
Where are Wyricks cell phone records, who did he text? What was in the text?
Where are the tapes from the magistrates office?
Where are the transcripts from the radio log when the attorney was pulled over by the other trooper, he had to call in when he made the stop.
Did he write his report before or after the incident happened..HMMMM

venting
2015 years 8 months ago

So what he was nice in front of a video
Doesn’t mean he was when he knew he wasn’t being taped—-
The run in with my trooper was kinda the same he was completely out of line until the camera started rolling——-then he changed his tune—You will always be someone else when the camera is on you. This tape only proves that he knows when to harass and when to behave like a good SHP. open your eyes people, there are only a few good cops left, the others ones are just on a ego trip.