FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: As HP investigation nears end, a look at differing stories


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Submitted: Thu, 07/07/2011 - 8:47pm
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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s been more than a week since WWAY broke the story involving a Raleigh couple who accused two Highway Patrol troopers of crossing the line. The Highway Patrol says an internal investigation underway since the allegations came to light will soon come to a close.

Gina and Hoyt Tessener claimed troopers Edward Wyrick and Andrew Smith bullied them during a visit to the coast for a conference. Documents, recording and other information released since we broke the story give us a closer look at the many discrepancies in the different versions of the story.

The story starts with a long letter attorney Hoyt Tessener sent to Gov. Bev Perdue and more than a dozen other political heavyweights. The letter tells the Tesseners’ account of an incident on June 21 into June 22, when Hoyt’s wife Gina was pulled over near Wrightsville Beach as she left a gala in downtown Wilmington.

The Tesseners say Tpr. Wyrick pulled the mother of three over because he said a headlight on her Lexus sedan was out. A photo they provided shows the headlight working.

“He then turns to me and says, ‘I smell alcohol on your breath,'” Gina Tessener said in her first TV interview June 28.

The Tesseners claimed in the letter and on camera that Gina did not have anything to drink that night.

“I didn’t drink,” she said in our interview.

But a DWI report says she told Wyrick she sipped a glass of wine.

The Tesseners claim the trooper then asked Gina to perform a field sobriety test. Gina was uncomfortable with his request due to the circumstances.

“I was in a cocktail dress,” she said. “I had high heels on.”

The Tesseners also claimed gina was in gravel lot, but Wyrick’s DWI report says the stop was in a paved hotel lot.

After refusing the field tests, Gina wound up in cuffs and on her way to the Wrightsville Beach Police Department to take a breath test.

The Tesseners’ letter claims that at the police station Wyrick allowed Gina one phone call and remained within inches of her as she called her husband. Vvideo from the police station shows a much different scene.

“You can make all the phone calls you want,” Wyrick said as he handed Tessener her phone. “If you have any questions, ask me.”

After Hoyt arrived, Gina passed two breath test, blowing a 0.00 each time.

“It was at this point where he became angry,” Gina Tessener said.

Hoyt told us, “He did the second one and told us to leave for that one, and Gina left to the other room, and I didn’t. I stood exactly where I was, and he came up and put his chest within an inch of my shoulder telling me to leave.”

Again, the video tells a different story. Wyrick told the Tesseners to leave after the result showed up and did not get as close to Hoyt Tessener as the couple said.

Matthew Ragone was also in the intake area on a DWI charge. Despite blowing more than twice the legal limit, Ragone said in an exclusive interview with WWAY that Wyrick stayed calm the entire time.

“The officer himself kept his cool pretty well, asked the man multiple times to please calm down,” Ragone said.

You can also see Gina walking around. Though Wyrick noted in his report that she was unsteady on her feet, she does not appear to be unstable on her high heels.

As the night of June 21 turned into the morning of June 22 the Wrightsville Beach Police Department video shows Gina Tessener still in custody. The Tesseners say it was at this time that they saw Tpr. Wyrick texting on his phone. Seventeen minutes later, Wyrick and Gina head to the New Hanover County Jail to see a magistrate.

Hoyt Tessener says he was following Wyrick, when another trooper, Andrew Smith, pulled him over for speeding. The Tesseners think the whole thing was a set-up organized by text message.

Tuesday the Highway Patrol released text messages between the two troopers prior to Hoyt’s run-in with Smith. There’s nothing suggesting a set-up; just an account of what Wyrick was going through with the Tessesners. Tpr. Smith, though, responded to the message saying “f*** her and f*** him.”

After Smith let Hoyt Tessener go with a warning, computer messages between the troopers’ cruisers show that while Wyrick was on the way to the jail he received this message from smith: “Tell him if he wants to cop an attitude to feel free and come back ill stroke him that speed.”

Two minutes later and before Wyrick arrived at the jail he sent this back to Smith “How fast,” with Smith replying, “58.”

The Tesseners say once at the jail Gina faced a rude magistrate, who told her she’s “one of those who thinks you’re better than everybody else.” The video of her hearing with the magistrate does not have audio. You can see the magistrate and Gina talking to one another.

We contacted the Highway Patrol today, but there’s still no comment. A spokesman did say, though, the patrol is in the final stages of the investigation, which should wrap up very soon.

Meanwhile Hoyt Tessener is scheduled to be in court in Raleigh tomorrow morning for allegedly punching a bar manager in the face back in December. The Tesseners have not returned our calls for comment since our interview last week.

73 Comments

  • Booger says:

    Obsessive compulsive disorder? Or scared of the dark….

  • Sherry W says:

    According to the investigation report, internal affairs obtained a copy of the work record from the delearship that replaced the headlight the next day. Not only that, but there was a note in the records that the car had been brought in for the same problem previously and stopped by the police TWICE for the same headlight.

  • Guestdman says:

    I replace mine every 3 months if they need it or not. I guess that’s why he bought one the next day and took pictures of his car.

  • sailboat2323 says:

    Now how do you KNOW he replaced it the next day? Were you there?

  • Guestdman says:

    I may have been. I may have been the one that sold it to him. The state does not issue phones to troopers. The reason they have the texts is because they have nothing to hide. Its clear to normal people that this was not a set up.

  • Guest CommonTater says:

    You replace your headlights every 3 months? Really? I have never heard of such…..

  • PublicAvenger1984 says:

    I wonder if Mr Hot-Head Elmer Fudd wrote a letter to the governor, and all his other “bigshot friends”, explaining how horrible it is that HE is being treated for punching a man in the face ?

  • Guest2020 says:

    It just occurred to me how funny it is that people are defending a lawyer against a police officer. They are calling the police officer a bully when the lawyer has been brought up on assault charges. And I thought it was a generally held belief that lawyers were at the bottom of the food chain. All joking aside, I do have one question, if a man is breaking in your house, who would you want to have your back, the lawyer or the officer? Having worked for attorneys in the past, I can tell you that I would never count on the lawyer to have my back.

  • Guest28451 says:

    Ok lets correct the record. The fact is the text messages in question WERE NOT on their personal cell phones. They were done via the computers in the troopers cars on the statewide VIPER network data system period. They made these comments via State property onthe state network

  • shaking my head says:

    No matter what transpired, bottom line, 0.00 twice! Nuf’ said! Let the woman go, and get on to catching some real criminals. Lot of time and money has been wasted on this nonsense. I would be pissed as the devil too if I proved twice that I was not intoxicated and was still put through that foolishness, and my husband too, ridiculous! Get to some real law enforcement!

  • Concerned_Citizen says:

    Sorry to say, but not all Law enforcement officers are saints. Anyone who has been in the military or law enforcement knows what I mean. Just because you use profane language in private between peers does not necessarily make you a bad person. This seems as it was supposed to be a private conversation, and he did not publicly post a FU about the lawyer and his wife.

    Some of our best defenders and protesters are a little ruff around the edges.

    Now as to whether he was intimidating toward lawyer and his wife, I can not say, but a private conversation with profane language does not warrant this officer to be fired or punished. Now if this language was used in public toward an individual, than there would be a right to punish the officer.

  • sailboat2323 says:

    Bet dollars to doughnuts (HEHE) that you would lie for one of your buddies before standing up for a “civilian” as you like to refer to us if came down to it. When in the military we called people not in the military civilians, last time I looked cops are not military.We civilans do have issues with jackbooted thugs trying to screw with us at every turn. Do you ever wonder why people pop caps in cops like they do they are tired of their God attitudes.Cops never had this attitude when I was younger, most were actually our friends and we RESPECTED them for who they were.

  • jennifer says:

    are u serious????? this has nothing to do with bullying=I was bullied all my middle school and high school life,do you see me in the law enforcement-You all need to stop now… this is crazy-Trooper Wyrick was doing his job last time I cheked if you refuse a test you are supposed to go to jail period=get your facts straight-and I don’t know this man personally,but I think he did the correct thing-put yourself in his shoes=would you want your son/daughter/mother/father/sister/brother or any kin riding down the road and a drunk hit them and then what?? you would yell at him for not doing his job again-regardless of what she blew,she admitted she had drank-HE WAS DOING HIS JOB TO PROTECT US GET A LIFE!!!

  • trueblue1967 says:

    Yeah, we are all a bunch of people suffering post trauma from a youth spent being picked on. A light came on one day and I decided to be a cop to seek revenge and gain instant respect from the general public. You can see by many of these posts here that the respect just oozes from the general public we are sworn to serve and protect. Power hungry? Starving for respect? Apparently, you have never dealt with the people that we have to on a daily basis. If the picture you paint of the law enforcement persona is true then the picture of a “civilian” must be that of some ruthless bully who has no regard for his fellow civilians. This person seethes with anger and spits venom whenever they encounter people such as police who were obviously the victims of their assaults when they were younger. It is quite obvious that all civilians are scum that have no respect for anyone other than themselves.

    Sound stupid? It should! It is the same BS that you try to paint law enforcement with. So far not a single thing has been shown to be a gross miscarriage of authority in this case. If anything, the “civilians” are the one’s that seem to have the issues here. Already awaiting trial for punching a bartender in the face? Now caught lying outright about the facts as they occurred.

    Before you destroy the character of every single police officer out there, how about checking yourself?

  • GuestTree says:

    Search for corruption in any profession (medical, law, business, politics, acadimics, sports, religion, media, art, food, etc.) and you will find thousands of stories of corruption. So, based on this logic, I assume that you never go to the doctor. Doctors are corrupt. You never seek legal advise. Lawyers are corrupt. You never vote, got an education (which kind of goes without saying for you), watch sports, pray (which one would need a soul for this), watch/read/listen to media or art, or even eat food. Because they’re all corrupt.

    Wow! If everyone else is corrupt, that means you are the only person in the world that is not corrupt. We can only hope that you will one day reveal yourself to all mankind and show us the way. Of course, being that we are all corrupt, we would probable crucify you, or at least make you scapegoat for one of our evil plans. Better thought, why don’t you just stay on your sailboat. That way you’ll be safe and “we” can’t hurt you.

    Please continue to enlighten us through these blogs of yours. That may be our only hope.

  • Guest 6565 says:

    I do not know what profession you are in but I was around these type of fools for 17 years and it made me sick just to go to work and listen to their stories and general attitude about the public they serve. I made a decision to leave before my 30 years was up just to get away from them. I feel very comfortable saying 50% of the agents I worked with were unfit for duty.

  • sailboat2323 says:

    Never said people are not corrupt in all professions but the LEO community is supposed to be the one’s that are relied upon for keeping things above board. Yes all professions have some degree of corruption but cops especially think they can do it and get away with it and badge hags like you defend them. Bet your one of those people that watch COPS on tv and get excited if you know what I mean…

  • One says:

    Do you know how much of your tax dollars pays their salary? Less than 10 cents. Until you walk out of your home with a bulletproof vest, underpaid, underappreciated and constantly on guard then you can have an opinion. These men and women cannot check out at 5 and say my day is done; they go until the calls are clear. They can’t sit for meals together without be watched by the public, criticized that they are wasting tax dollars or being interpreted to answer your questions. You get a hour lunch and 15 minutes breaks they are lucky if they get 2o minutes. They miss family event, kid’s functions, anniversaries, birthday and hundreds of other things to protect you and yours.

    Until your job fits that description to a tee only then can you truly know what goes on. Appreciate these men and women who choose to protect you do their job. These men and women pray each day that they will return home in the same condition that they left. This does not happen as Law enforcement, “live in the worst twenty minutes of someone else’s life”.
    Next time you dial 911 tell them your opinion on law enforcement, I bet they still will show up to help those that do appreciate what they give up so you can sleep sound!

  • ohmy says:

    I do pay taxes and you do bring up a different point of view, but are you going to fill out a 1099 form when you send me my dime? LO!

  • Guest 4534 says:

    Underpaid! Are you kidding me. Troopers can be at top pay in 7 years pulling down a cool 60,000 grand a year. All this with no college education. Give me a break. Not even counting extra 5% in 401k every month.

  • TaxPayer$$$ says:

    The story stated “…computer messages between the troopers’ cruisers show that while Wyrick was on the way to the jail he received this message from smith…” Were messages not sent through the computers installed in the cruisers and linked to the state communication network, all of which is paid by taxpayers? Were the troopers not being paid during that time by taxpayers? Just what messages are transmitted on the taxpayer provided system and equipment by taxpayer paid employees? What standard of behavior do we expect from state employees?

  • Guest461 says:

    I have not heard ANYWHERE that the cell phones used by the officers were personal and not state issued. I seriously doubt the state would promote personal cell phone use to conduct official state business. IF those WERE personal phones, the state had no right to audit their texts. Your reasoning just doesn’t add up.

    Now here’s the main point, irregardless of who’s phones were used in the text conversation. The officers use of the “F” word against the Tesseners was completely out of line along with an invitation for one of them to “…come on back here and I’ll…” It was rude, it was offensive, totally unprofessional, spiteful and a display of power.

    The troopers are the product of the NCSHP and are well taught how to handles suspects that are much worse than the Tessners on a good day. Their text messages make them look like 7 dollar rent-a-cops that missed a few classes and came to school with donut juice on their bellies.

    Yeah, it’s just like you said, “BIG DEAL!” I guess it’s a good thing the Tessners were white, otherwise the “N” word would likely have surfaced parallel to the “F” word. Ignorance is ignorance and rudness is rudeness, no matter how you try to justify it!

  • ohmy says:

    They might have been on their personal cell phone but they were on my taxpayer’s dime!!!

  • Grand Ole Party says:

    So now they are not allowed to text while they are on your dime? Post your address and I will be sure to send you your dime back.

  • me says:

    just because you pay taxes you don’t own these guys.. and I’m quite sure there is nothing that says they can’t curse… I bet you curse at your job here and there… how would you feel if your boss took your cell phone time to time and if found that you cursed he would contact the news media and air your conversation… sound good??? I think not..

  • Getalife says:

    I highly doubt you are a taxpayer

  • Grand Ole Party says:

    You have no clue if they were driving and texting, none. They have the same rights you do buttercup, they are grown adults and may use whatever wording they wish to. So you go to the gym and watch the men working out? Eye candy heh? Whatever floats your boat I guess.

  • Jonathan says:

    Let’s not be childish Grand Ole Party, you can relax with the homo comments or keep going but your making yourself look like your interested in dropping the soap.

  • Joseph Holland says:

    What do you mean “who cares how they act behind the scenes”? They are professional law enforcement officers allegedly!!! They are supposed to conduct themselves in a professional manner whether they are on duty or not. Last I checked it’s not some boys club where you get to drive fast, text, harass people, and display general non-becoming behavior. They are expected to be of a higher moral standard by virtue of the job the asked for!!!!

  • Grand Ole Party says:

    So let me get this straight, because they were texting each other BEHIND the scenes this make them something other than professionals? You have never texted someone? Never said anything negative about someone? Give me a break. Don’t feed me that higher moral standard crap either, you want them held to a higher moral standard then pay them at a higher rate. In the mean time I think they are free to text one another.

  • Dave says:

    Your right who cares what they text behind the scenes, however when your on duty text messaging your buddy saying

    “f…her f…him”….”Tell him if he wants to cop an attitude to feel free and come back ill stroke him that speed.”

    This up above is crap and the sad thing is they were prob texting and driving…

    To answer your final question..I work out and in my break between sets I always check out the eye candy.

    On a different note the NCSHP are the best trained and have more guts than any law enforcement agency out there. However we all make mistakes and it sucks to see them get a black eye for something that could have been handled in a more professional way.

  • Dusty R. says:

    I see dem textn all the time and talkin on tha phone while drivin. They be contridcting themselves all da time. Grand Ole Party need shuttin down.

  • Joseph Holland says:

    Well Mr. Guestcraziness I am not an idiot but I think you are by the way you spell my name and by juvenile name calling but on to the facts. I am not related to the “troll” as you say. I’m referring to the additional tests at the station that she also blew double zero on. I couldn’t be further non related from the lady who was mistreated. I am an American, who happens to be of black race but I support this topic still. The story now is that Wyrick was totally ok and Smith was the idiot for doing the bidding of his buddy, Wyrick. He didn’t do the right thing and that’s why he got punished. Now his punishment is nothing more than a little window dressing but it’s punishment still and he now knows that what he did was wrong and Wyrick will think twice before he gets his fellow officers involved in his antics from now on. I have no problem with the police in general because I follow the laws as they are and I keep Johnny Law out of my business. If that was my wife being pulled over on a dark road by an alleged officer of the law sworn to protect and serve I would have her do the same thing. If she’s sober, then the arrest will be nothing more than a small formality. Better safe than sorry!!!!

  • Grand Ole Party says:

    What additional test are you talking about? Yes it is absolutely reasonable for her to refuse testing on the side of the road, and it is standard practice if you refuse then you are taken to the nearest testing facility. The trooper follow SOP. You have no clue what you are talking about do you? How do you know this officer was crooked? You don’t do you? Just making it up as you go along?

  • JASON says:

    You obviously have not been reading the story… There was no additional sobriety test done. She refused them at the scene. If by that you mean the 2 at WBPD he has to ask for 2. That is the law. If she refused the second she would of lost her license for 13 months from the DMV not the court. Still not seeing anything crooked or him being pissed…. looks like you go a ticket that you could not get out of…

  • Guestcraziness says:

    She blew 0.0 after she refused the sobriety test. Get your lies straight. You must be related to the troll himself

  • GuestSiriusly says:

    At the end of the day you are still talking about headlights, 0.00’s and trying to sympathize with a man shown to be a LIAR. Did you watch the same video that I saw? He made several accusations that any reasonable person can see are lies. He didn’t “exaggerate a little” or tell a “slightly different story”, He gave false statements. The truth is NOT in Mr. Tessener. The “photo proof” of a the working headlamp was provided by, guess who, Mr Tessener. Why put faith in anything this man says? He has shown his true colors. How simple would it have been to go to Auto-Zone and pick up a replacement bulb for the one that was bad? It’s an easy fix. How simple then would it have been to take a picture of the headlamp, and send off an 8 page letter crying wolf? As far as Mrs Tessener goes, she refused 3 subjective tests and one objective test prior to her arrest. The portable breath tester can not be manipulated by the officer. It wouldn’t matter if she were in a parking lot in high heels or seated comfortably in her car, it just shows a reading that would represent breath alcohol concentration. That’s four opportunities that she was given to determine if she were safe to drive. She refused all tests, *prior* to her arrest. These tests are used to determine if a driver is safe to drive on the same highways that you and your family use. They are also used to determine if a driver is impaired and unsafe to drive. After she refuses roadside tests, she is charged and arrested, then brought to the WBPD where she blew 0.00, not the other way around. And by the way, 0.00 doesn’t mean that she didn’t have anything alcoholic to drink earlier or that she didn’t smell like alcohol when the Trooper stopped her. It just means that she did not have a recordable level at the time of the breath test. Alcohol doesn’t stay in a persons body forever, it dissipates over time…

  • RNER says:

    Amen to that. At the end of the day, what the NC Highway Patrol are left with are no broken headlight, no alcohol and a blatant expletive filled tirade that shows just the amount of disdain that most law enforcement officers have for those they are paid to protect. Also, we should consider this, all attempts of providing “objective” evidence for her alleged crimes were met with resistance by these officers. Of course, if she had succumbed to “subjective” road side tests that were offered by this officer, everyone thinks that would have just made everything easier. Whatever your feelings are regarding wealthy personal injury attorneys and their “trophy wives”, we all now have better understanding of what are rights are and how out of control many of our law enforcement officers really are.

  • Alicia says:

    Wrong, there has not been anything to disprove the headlight. Just the Tessners word that has been proven lies in other instances. The Troopers did not show disdain for anyone but the Tessners in a personel cell message. I do not know how all of that can be distorded into disdain for the public? I am sure there is disdain for people that drink and drive. If you had to go to an accident scene and see mangled bodies from an accident that a drunk driver caused you would too. Yes she blew a .00 after the arrest and was not impaired by alcohol, but the Trooper did not know that and she refused roadside test. That was her right. Once she made that decision she had to go along for the ride, like it or not. There is no evidence of any out of control Law Enforcement officer. It is an example of seeing a DWI as an incovinence or “I can just make it home” and not something that will and does take lives on our roadways EVERY HOUR. People submit to roadside tests every day and are on there way 5 minutes later. There are enough people out there breaking the law that there is no need to make up lies, or have you never driven through Wilmington??

  • Jon says:

    You’re the one that needs to grow up. How can you tell someone to grow up when your making respones like this “I THINK YOU ARE JEALOUS BECAUSE HE DIDN’T PAY ATTENTION TO YOU” who the hell are you and why are you contridicting yourself? You see a uniform headshot and you get some idea that he is a nice looking man. Have you seen this guy off duty? Unlikely not. Your probably just one of those unhappily married chicks or a dating site member who gets this great idea about how someone looks based on everything from the chest up.

    He was doing his job up until she blew zero’s. He should have apologized to her and led her on her marry way. But no his ego and power trip got the best of him. This stupid act by them caused both troopers to be taken away from the real “bigger fish” issues on the highway.

  • Zoloft says:

    laced texts. Those were over their personal phones.

  • TaxPayer$$$ says:

    Since the taxpayers have paid big money ($millions? tens of $millions more?) for the computers and the communication system used for these public employees to make profanity laced comments about the public, all of the texts on the system should be examined and made available to the public. Let us see just how much contempt some troopers have for the public and how the public’s high dollar resources are being used.

    This trooper seemed amazingly comfortable using the taxpayers’ system to make these unprofessional comments so it seems likely that these types of comments were neither isolated nor unique. These expensive systems are not the private toys of the troopers. We as taxpayers deserve to see how our tax money is used.

  • Guest421 says:

    The text messages were on personally owned and paid cell phones. The computer messages did not contain profanity and DID show that the lawyer was speeding 13mph over the limit.

  • Guest1975 says:

    The profanity laced comments were text messages sent from their personel cell phones. No taxpayer money used there!!!

  • Alicia says:

    They were on their personel cell phones. They were not using any profanity on any state communication system. I am sure you have never vented about a bad experience you have had at work. I am sure you have never used the same words. These men were out protecting you and your family as you hide behind a computer. You write that all communication needs to be public record and you do not even have the integrity to use your real name when posting a slander comment. This has nothing to do with taxpayers money, it has to do with people that think they are above the law. There is nothing that the Troopers did wrong. Everything that was accused has been proven a lie. The only thing is one of them used profanity on there personel cell phone, not to the public. BIG DEAL! They are State Troopers not preachers, and I bet they even drop a F-bomb once in a while.

  • Gigi Smith says:

    The trooper was on his own cell phone when the comments were made. It’s a free country with freedom of speech. We can say on our private phones whatever we like. No laws were broken. The saddest thing is that a public citizen had his 15 minutes of fame and slandered 2 officers. The tapes proved that.

  • Anthony Moore says:

    These people make me sick. All she had to do was take a roadside test and be on her way. They feel like for some reason they are above the law. Should lock them both away for a couple weeks so they can learn some humility.

  • Guestdisisbs says:

    Atleast there are still a few that know what the real issue here is

  • RSimmons says:

    You should be ashamed of yourself, What country do you think you live in? She has a legal right under the law to refuse a roadside field sobriety test. That is not only in NC but in all the other 49 states.

    Problem with this incident is no one’s story seems to match the available facts. The only thing not disputable here is the two troopers texts which clearly show they were out to teach these two a lesson.

  • tiredofcriticism says:

    These troopers were just doing their job…sounds like this couple thinks they are above the law…refusing to take the test in the beginning because she was wearing a dress and heels – ridiculous! and the last time I checked “sipping on a glass of wine” was considered drinking!!!

  • Joseph says:

    Oh ok, they were just doing their job by giving an additional sobriety test for someone who already blew 0.00. It’s absolutely reasonable for her to refuse taking that test on the side of the road if she was in high heels because the ground would lead to instability. Sipping on a glass of wine is drinking but again she blew double zero, so what was the point. She was someone who stood up to the crooked arm of the law and questioned him, so he got pissed off and had to prove a point.

  • Joseph Holland says:

    If you think that these officers or any others out there don’t think they are above reproach, then you live in a dream world. It’s obvious that these two were out for jokes, starting with the other trooper pulling over the husband and Wyrick trying to get him to follow at a faster speed. The whole situation is ridiculous and the officers have some questions to answer. I’m not saying they should be fired but they obviously need more training on how to deal with the general public.

  • Sherry W says:

    Read the investigation results. According to the dealership that REPAIRED the light the NEXT DAY the headlight story was not so bogus. And it wasn’t the first time she was stopped for it either. The Lexus dealer recommended changing the bulb in Feb. Apparently they didn’t want to pay the $215 repair bill. So were’s all the outrage towards the couple for all of their tall tales?

  • gbarb says:

    anthony u might have another opinion if it were ur wife or daughter, noone needed to be put thru this and dont 4 get the fact that wyrick put himself in that position with that bogus headlight story. he brought it on himself.hope he gets suspended and the other little smart ass as well.

  • me says:

    they took the picture the next afternoon….. why didn’t they take the picture the same night>>>>>> maybe because they wanted to fix it first??? Most of the other things they stated happened didn’t.. don’t you think they could have lied about this also..

  • Concerned Citizen says:

    Ooooohhh, Hoyt, where are you and your princess trophy wife (LOL). You ran to your computer to type your letter, then to the news. Now they want to talk to you and you refuse to answer or respond! Hard to defend yourself when you got caught in several flat out lies!

  • SurfCityTom says:

    the State Bar should chat with Mr. Tessener.

    He clearly was not completely truthful in his 8 page diatrabe.

    And he appears today in Raleigh on an assault charge. One must wonder how lengthy the letter was for this little episode.

    Clearly he is not acting with the high moral and ethical standrds of an Officer of the Court, which all lawyers are.

    Are there plans for a reality show “Dipsy Housewives of Wrightsville Beach” or “Abrasive Attorneys of Raleigh”?

  • Dave says:

    The phone text messages displayed between the troopers shows how unprofessional they are behind the scenes. Tropper Wyrick overstepped his beliefs by continuing to pursue Gina with a charge that she clearly passed. Another thing, Wyrick said she had a headlight out?? The headlight was not out. Seems to me he wanted to check her out in that cocktail dress w/heels. I saw Wyrick at Gold’s gym yesterday evening and I can tell by his appearance he has a hard time getting close with the ladies which is probably why he feels the need to pull over some eye candy because that’s probably as close he can get.

  • guesty says:

    Hey Dave, does your doctor know you stopped taking your meds?

  • Grand Ole Party says:

    Who cares how they act BEHIND the scenes??? So please let me get this straight, you were at Gold’s Gym checking out some guys?? Hahaha do you bother to work out at all or do you just go for the eye candy?

  • JENNIFER says:

    REALLY,I LOOKED AT HIS PICTURE I PERSONALLY THINK HE IS A VERY NICE LOOKING MAN=-I THINK YOU ARE JEALOUS BECAUSE HE DIDN’T PAY ATTENTION TO YOU=HE WAS DOING HIS JOB GET OVER THESE STUPID EXCUSES AND GROW UP EVERYBODY INCLUDING LAWYWERS,STARS ETC. NEED TO ABIDE BYE THE LAW AND HE WAS DOING HIS JOB PER THE STORY GET A DAMN LIFE-GROW UP

  • gigi smith says:

    Are you for real??? So you Can tell by someone’s appearance what they can and cannot do!!! Your just as stupid as you sound, a real professional. Maybe you should review the tapes and audio before you open your mouth….Oh I forgot, you can tell things about people by thier appearance….

  • Guestdisisbs says:

    Last time I checked those cell phones were paid out of their pocket. Have you ever stopped to wonder why Leo is the way they are? Its because dealing with idiots like on this discussion and never being able to do anything right in your eyes. Lets get rid of lawenforcement. Lets all depend on each other to keep the streets safe. Lets all carry guns and let the best shot win. Lets al investigate our own collisions and deal with the other party’s insurance. I do not know why they should ever come to my home for me slapping my wife around. She probably deserved it. Lets get rid of 911 and save our taxes. Now how stupid does that sound?

  • sailboat2323 says:

    To answer your question law enforcemnet is the way they are because they were picked on in school and made fun of or just power hungry thugs that like to screw with people. Paramilitary organization for losers, why are we called civilians by them if not??? The old song and dance I just want to help people is bull and you know it. It’s the only way they can get some amount of respect, plain and simple answer. They are only crooks with badges. You have child molesters, rapists,thieves and the same people in their ranks as they arrest. Search police corruption on your computer and read hundreds of stories on them.

  • Grand Ole Party says:

    Just as he had every right to take her in for testing. Kinda works both ways. It is in fact disputable that the two troopers texts shows they were out to teach anyone a lesson. It was two male troopers texting. Not sure what they said that was so awful. As far as the cussing goes it didn’t offend the person sending nor recieving the text. So deal with it.

  • Joseph Holland says:

    What in the world does it matter if they were their personal cell phones. I’m not sure if it’s law in NC yet but the general consensus is that you don’t text and drive and they weren’t texting about official police business so it was pointless whether or not they were on personal or state issued cell phones, it was highly unprofessional.

  • JASON says:

    The times show that they were not driving when it took place!!! That is the point!! It shows that the Tessners were not set up. Who cares what they said in a personel converstaion. I am sure you just speak roses about everyone you come in contact with in your job…

  • Cheryl says:

    Who said that they were texting and driving?? No where. These are thier cell phones that they pay for so as long as they arent breaking the law, they can pretty much text each other what the want, and how are they unprofessional?? Are you telling me you’ve never texted or made a personal call while on the clock?? please

  • Guest421 says:

    Can you not read any of the 10 stories on the 5 or so webpages that have this story?

    They texted while the trooper was at the jail, not while he was driving.

    Not to mention that law enforcement are exempt from texting laws, anyway.

  • TrueBlue1967 says:

    So, you NEVER utter a word during the course of your workday that has anything to do with anything other than work? Everything you do at work pertains to your job? Never an instance where you may check ESPN.com, DRUDGEREPORT or maybe a quick game of Angry Birds?

    Another thing you folks seem to forget is that all of us who are in law enforcement PAY TAXES TOO!!! That means that we pay for our gear, our fuel, our vehicles, our supplies…and on and on…

    Add to that the fact that we are held to a much higher standard than the rest of the folks out there and it is amazing that you don’t have more police coming unstrung. We have to stand there while fine upstanding citizens like yourselves call us everything but late for dinner and not respond in kind. We are expected to sit their and take it without responding…I don’t pay enough taxes to cover that kind of BS!

    You act so “holier than thou”…I’d be willing to bet you drop the “F” bomb quite often and probably even check out some internet porn while working. I’d also be willing to bet that your boss doesn’t pay you to do any of those things and they pay taxes too!

  • Guest2020 says:

    I have never been a police officer, but I have more than fifteen years of experience working in some sort of customer service capacity and I have had to stand there and take what people dish out. And yes, when they get to where they can’t here me, I have said things to my coworkers that I would never say to a customer. I am sure that it works the same way with police officers. It’s a wonder their tongues aren’t always swollen at the end of the shift from having to bite it all the time.

    I suppose the general public would rather have the officer speak their mind to them instead of venting to their coworkers, who are probably the only people who truly understand where they are coming from.

    In the twenty four years that I have been driving I have been pulled six times. Three of those times I received tickets. Two of those tickets were issued by NC State Troopers. In all of those times, the officers were extremely nice. The last Trooper gave me a lecture, that I deserved, but he was never out of line.

    I really don’t envy the police officers their jobs. They not only have to deal with aggravating people, they put their lives on the line every time they put on their uniforms. It’s truly amazing to me that people would rather err on the side of the lawbreakers instead of giving the benefit of the doubt to the ones who have sworn to protect them.

  • ohmy says:

    WWAY please do “and The Winner Is” series on this. Thank you. It would be interesting!

  • Dave says:

    No! please don’t tell him…lol

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