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RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — Gov. Bev Perdue talked for the first time since an investigation began looking into whether a North Carolina State Trooper tried to intimidate a Raleigh attorney and his wife.

We were the first to report that Hoyt Tessener accused Tpr. Edward Wyrick of trying to intimidate his wife Gina after a DWI stop a couple of weeks ago near Wrightsville Beach.

Tessener made his accusations in a letter sent to the governor and a host of other state leaders.

Earlier this week, the highway patrol released text messages between Wyrick and Tpr. Andrew Smith in which Smith uses the “F” word.

“I think the messages were totally inappropriate… the content of the messages,” Perdue said. “I don’t believe they’re criminal, and I don’t believe they’re offenses to fire over, but I do believe the messages were wrong. I don’t think anybody should use language like that in texts or anywhere – privately or publicly. So for that, I’ve talked to the Secretary today. I believe the report will be completed some time very soon. And I for one believe that everybody ought to have a chance to read the report and hear the report and see if what we think has happened really happened. Now that’s what America’s great about. I have zero tolerance, but yet I’m smart enough to know when there’s an ongoing investigation I’ve got to step back and let the investigation happen. I look forward to the results tomorrow.

“Again, the content was wrong. Folks shouldn’t put that in an e-mail or a text. We expect our state government employees, because they work for you and for the people of North Carolina, to be respectful and mindful and understand their job is one of public service, and that doesn’t meet the sniff test. But again, I don’t know that that’s criminal, and I don’t know that that’s an offense worth firing for.”

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  • PublicAvenger1984

    I have a feeling “Fat Albert” is that coward, Tressler. Nice try, but we know you’re probably not the “upset citizen” you pretend to be. You are a snake.

    For the record. I am proud of our troopers, and the governor, and the brass, their support.

  • PublicAvenger1984

    The governor is right. The profanity, on the texts was wrong. But it was private, and not a criminal offense. If Miss Priss Trophy Wife (Who refuse to allow a simple investigation into her soberity.)And her ambulance chasing Sugar Daddy Elmer Fudd, lawyer husband, had their way, the trooper would be fired, and possibably imprisoned.
    For “False Imprisonment” of a person, the trooper offered several times, another route, which she refused.

    Just like El-Cheapo punching a man over a bar tab, this is all about two greedy phonies, wanting money they don’t have to earn,(or Pay) and not caring, who gets hurt, or whose lives they ruin in the process.

  • Angry at Bev

    Since you’re “stepping back” and letting the investigation happen, don’t you have anything to say about the obvious issues with the Tessener’s version of events and the videos? I mean, since you’re stepping back.

    HOW can you be stepping back when 1) you commented on this issue when you started the investigation and made those Troopers guilty before the investigation was even done and now 2) you’re commenting on the content of the texts…what? Nothing about the lies the Tesseners told? Stepping back? You shock me with the carelessness in which you speak.

    Next. MY cell phone. MY texts. You don’t pay the bill for those Troopers phones and who the **** cares what you think about what we say to each other. “I don’t think anybody should use language like that in texts or anywhere – privately or publicly.” Lady, *I* have heard worse out of your mouth when you’ve come “home” to this area. You don’t know if those texts were criminal? You don’t KNOW? They aren’t, by the way. Not in the least little bit. Zip. Zilch. Nada. NOT criminal, you fool. You don’t know? Do you even think before you open your mouth? If you don’t know whether it’s criminal or not, why don’t you check before you make yourself look so foolish?

    You MIGHT want to talk to that husband of yours that drops your BUSINESS CARD every time HE gets stopped. “Oh, do you know my wife?” Really, Bev?

    And what about one of your secretaries that recently filed a complaint against an Officer? Her complaint is false according to the video and hopefully that agency will charge her with filing a false complaint when the video of the stop is released.

    You better clean your own closet, Bev. Try not to trip over the skeletons, dear.

  • So Over It

    Wash their mouths out with soap and send the Tesseners back to Raleigh. This is beyond ridiculous at this point.

  • Fat Albert

    Maybe these guys should have taken the breathalizer !

  • Fat Albert

    I will never, ever feel the same way I did about the N.C. STATE HIWAY PATROL. I held them in such high reguard. Never again. I will always be afraid for my family. it’s such a shame!

  • Guest54321

    “And I for one believe that everybody ought to have a chance to read the report and hear the report and see if what we think has happened really happened. Now that’s what America’s great about. I have zero tolerance, but yet I’m smart enough to know when there’s an ongoing investigation I’ve got to step back and let the investigation happen. I look forward to the results tomorrow.”

    Sad.

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