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ONLY ON 3: Witness talks about Tesseners & trooper, plus profane texts between troopers

READ MORE: ONLY ON 3: Witness talks about Tesseners & trooper, plus profane texts between troopers

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Once again there are new developments in the story WWAY broke last week involving a Raleigh couple and two Highway Patrol troopers from New Hanover County.

We have obtained text messages the troopers sent to each another and an exclusive interview with a man who was inside the Wrightsville Beach Police Department when it all went down.

Matthew Ragone admits he blew twice the legal limit for blood alcohol two weeks ago at the Wrightsville Beach Police Department. But Ragone says he clearly remembers that night and remembers the interaction between Gina and Hoyt Tessener and the trooper who thought Gina was under the influence.

"I remember pretty much everything from that night," Ragone said in an exclusive interview with WWAY NewsChannel 3. "It's definitly etched in my mind."

Ragone witnessed first-hand the interaction between the Tesseners and Tpr. Edward Wyrick Jr. on the night Wyrick accused Gina of drinking and driving.

Ragone is seen in the Wrightsville Beach Police Department video watching the incident play out in front of him in the police station's holding area.

"Everything seemed, you know, fairly calm and what not, but as soon as the husband showed up, things got a little heated," Ragone said.

Ragone says it was Hoyt Tessener's actions inside the holding area that got him to really focus on the Tesseners and Tpr. Wyrick.

"He showed up, and the officer had actually greeted him outside and then came in and had mentioned that he wasn't very happy," Ragone said. "At that point they allowed (Hoyt Tessener) into the holding area, and he just went pretty ballistic. She actually stayed pretty calm the entire time, but he definitely got loud and was pretty upset by the whole thing, which I guess was understandable, but it got pretty crazy."

Ragone gives Wyrick credit, saying the trooper stayed calm the entire time. Ragone also says he didn't notice the trooper trying to intimidate the Tesseners like they claim.

"The officer himself kept his cool pretty well, asked the man multiple times to please calm down, that they were just waiting on the magistrate. That he couldn't personally release her," Ragone said.

Besides the intimidation claims, the Tesseners also claimed Wyrick set Hoyt up by texting Tpr. Andrew Smith, who later pulled Hoyt over while Hoyt followed his wife and Wyrick, who were headed for the New Hanover County Jail.

Text messages released Tuesday by the Highway Patrol show that the troopers sent a total of four messages.

Wyrick texted, "This woman refused all roadside testing, and blew .00. Her husband is a trial lawyer and told me I should be ashamed of myself."

Tpr. Smith texted back: "hahahaha f*** her and f*** him. She say how much she'd had to drink?"

Wyrick texts, "She said 1 drink at 7pm."

Smith then replys: "f*** her"

The Highway Patrol also released Tuesday mobile data messages from the two troopers. Three messages were sent after Tpr. Smith pulled over Hoyt Tessener for speeding.

"Tell him if he wants to cop an attitude to feel free and come back and ill stroke him that speed," Smith wrote.

Wyrick replied, "How fast," and Smith answered back, "58," refering to 58 miles per hour in a 45 miles per hour zone.

The Highway Patrol says the internal investigation continues into Wyrick and Smith. Both men are on administrative duty for the time being. The Highway Patrol expects to wrap up the investigation soon.

We called Hoyt Tessener today for comment about the latest information we've uncovered, but have not heard back from him.

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Drunks as witnesses?

Come on Ramon, I usually stand up for WWAY, but this is a bit much. This dude was drunk. He was driving drunk. He could have killed someone with his wreckless behavior, someone innocent. He has no credibility and should not be even remotely considered a witness. This is a JOKE! Drinking and Driving don't mix, and shame on you WWAY for casting this dude in the spotlight. WOW.


Really? How about if his story went the other way?

what do you know

I guess that's not good enough
1. An independent witness, drunk but independent
2. Text messages. Some f bombs but not illegal
3. DCI messages. Sounds like to me he should have been "stroked"
4. That lying POS can't be found. Although, he better be in court in wake county in morning

What else do y'all need

Thanks Mr drunk dude for stepping up.

text's not illegal? hmmmmm maybe AW can check that

state employees generally have a policy by which any and all equipment they use electronically is governed. It is called the "acceptable use" policy. Violation of that policy can be a miriad of reprecuctions..but to right profane language and language that is considered by most courts as "abusive" towards a citizen, while in the process of traffic stop (and where the texts written while driving? which is illegal) would seem that at the very least this was an abuse of the priviledge of the tax paid for devices that these "officers" were intrusted with. No, they should never be employed. EVER. I do not feel safe..and neither should anyone else if this is their 1.) attitude 2.) behavior 3.) disregard for civility 4.) misuse of tax payer equipment.

It must be nice to have

It must be nice to have never vented your frustration or anger at anyone. I can think of several times that a family member, friend, co-worker, boss, and even the occassional stranger, would do or say something that I would deem unfair or uncalled for. If I was lucky, I would have an outlet to vent my frustration. A chance to say what I needed to say to a sympathetic ear and move on, soon forgetting what had upset me. If you work with the public in any customer service compacity, you will occassionally come across someone who will not be satisfied dispite your best efforts. Sometimes these "customers" get abrasive, unfriendly, and rude to the server trying to provide service. But after the service is over, who can blame the server for venting in *private* with a co-worker later about having to deal with a difficult customer. Does it make the server less professional? No, it makes him/her human. The Trooper did not swear publically. He doesn't swear at the husband, "difficult customer". He vents in a private manner to a co-worker, and when it comes down to it, this text was supposed to be private and confidentual. I think the Trooper was civil to not write the husband, "difficult customer", a citation for speeding, when it would have been very easy to do so. As for misuse of equipment provided by hard earned tax dollars, the cell phones were owned by the individuals and not provided by the state.

I was right the first time

When I first saw the headline for this story I was thinking that this was probably just another attorney being a horse's behind. Then I read the letter that the attorney wrote and thought that it looked like I was wrong. The more that comes out the more that I realize that my first impression was the correct impression.

Reason for Texts released??

Does anyone else think that maybe one of the reason SO much evidence against these troopers has come out is that someone or a group of someone's inside the department wanted this information to come out? That this officer has a history, even if undocumented, and that certain powers-that-be have gone out of their way to make sure this information got out to the media and the public?

Maybe karma just came back to bite him in the arse. You reap what you sow.......

There you go...another turn

There you go...another turn in this story. So no matter what happened iside of the holding area, the texts are proof that the troopers lied about no communication between each other and they did in fact set them up. I wonder how many other times this has happened in the county. Abuse of power??? I think so. I hope they are both gone. We don't need that kind of crap in our county.

I do not recall anywhere or

I do not recall anywhere or at anytime did those troopers say they didn't have communication with each other you fool.

Before you start calling

Before you start calling people names read the officer's DUI affadavit.

I'm not sure how you came to

I'm not sure how you came to the conclusion that the text messages prove the troopers "set him up". The text messages, however distasteful, prove exactly the opposite. While the two troopers communicated, which is a standard occurrence, the texts revealed that there was no plan to stop the husband. If the second trooper really wanted to "harass" the husband, why did he let him go after clocking him traveling 58 mph in a 45 mph zone?

So Smith just happened to

So Smith just happened to pull the car following Wyrick? What a coincidence!! He was speeding to try and keep up with Wyrick that sped off from the light so he could follow him to the magistrate's office, he was out of town and did not know where it was. How do you know for sure he was even speeding? You going to take Snuffy Smith's word? He looks like the guy from a Dueling Banjos video. He didn't ticket him for the reason his jerk buddy was in enough trouble he just wanted to detain him and screw with him. You cop lovers sure live in a fantasy world. Go research how many cases have been against the NCSHP in the last few years. God some of you are just too much.

"Snuffy Smith"

Your comments would have much more validity if you would refrain from name-calling. You discredit me for taking "Snuffy Smith's" word for it so, by your own logic, you should be discredited for taking the lawyer's word for it. I am impressed by your ability to read minds and know, without a shadow of a doubt, why someone, cop or not, chooses to do any and everything they do. Go research how many NCSHP Troopers have given their LIVES throughout the history of the organization. If having respect for a line of work that exists to protect me and the people I love makes me a "cop lover living in a fantasy world" then so be it. "God some of you are just too much."


Troopers shouldn't be saying "F them" etc.

The husband might be a jack@@s but that doesn't excuse the troopers from setting up the husband and pulling him. They should be terminated.