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RALEIGH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — Today the North Carolina State Highway Patrol released the results of an internal investigation of Wilmington-based Troopers Edward S. Wyrick Jr. and Andrew M. Smith. The investigation was conducted in response to a complaint and was completed after a thorough, fair and impartial examination of the facts in the case.

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The investigation shows that all allegations against Trooper Wyrick were unsubstantiated and he is exonerated. The investigation confirmed that Trooper Wyrick was justified in making the traffic stop and had probable cause for a DWI arrest. No evidence exists that supports the allegations contained within the letter of complaint. Trooper Wyrick will return to full duty status immediately.

The investigation did reveal conduct by Trooper Smith that was unprofessional and in violation of Patrol policy. He is scheduled for a pre-suspension conference next week and will receive additional training on the Patrol Policy violations. At the conclusion of the imposed suspension, Trooper Smith will return to full duty status.

On Monday, June 27, the Highway Patrol received a letter of complaint from Mr. Hoyt Tessener, a Raleigh lawyer, alleging officer misconduct during a traffic stop of his wife that occurred on Tuesday, June 21. Mrs. Gina Tessener was stopped for a broken headlight and then refused to comply with Trooper Wyrick’s requests to conduct roadside tests for intoxication. Mr. Tessener, who followed Trooper Wyrick as he transported Mrs. Tessener to the magistrate’s office, was subsequently pulled over by Trooper Smith for speeding.

Upon receiving Mr. Tessener’s letter, Commander of the Highway Patrol Colonel Michael Gilchrist directed an immediate Internal Affairs investigation into the allegations. Troopers Edward S. Wyrick and Andrew M. Smith were placed on administrative duty pending the investigation’s outcome.

“During the course of the investigation, a number of discrepancies were discovered between what was alleged to have occurred and what we know occurred through witness accounts and other information. The information and evidence obtained during the investigation does not support Mr. Tessener’s allegations. However, the investigation did show that Trooper Smith violated Patrol policy, and he will be disciplined accordingly,” said Col. Gilchrist.

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81 Comments on "FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Trooper investigation results released; Wyrick cleared, Smith will be disciplined"

2015 years 10 months ago

You are so right, Smith was wrong with his words and attitude. Maybe he will be a better trooper now that his bad has been exposed.

2015 years 10 months ago

Last years news but interesting ain’t it.These are the guys that are enforcing our laws sleep well tonight.

A high-ranking supervisor with Butner Public Safety was fired Monday over the mishandling of an April traffic stop that involved an off-duty state Highway Patrol captain who was driving drunk on Interstate 85.

Maj. Anthony W. Moss, dismissed Monday for personal conduct violations, is the fourth law officer fired over the incident. Moss was called at home by a police dispatcher early on the morning of April3 and told that a Butner officer had pulled Highway Patrol Capt. James Williams Jr. over because he was “extremely drunk.” The call was recorded.

Rather than arrest Williams, the officers under Moss’ supervision took the intoxicated trooper to a nearby hotel and had his Ford Mustang convertible towed.

Williams was fired last month along with the two Butner officers who let him go, Capt. Walter B. Williams and Lt. Daniel C. Parrott.

“The officers involved in this incident failed to enforce the law and abide by their oaths of office, and we cannot tolerate that,” Chief Wayne Hobgood of Butner Public Safety said, according to a media release issued Monday.

Moss, who was second in the chain of command, had been an officer at the state-run Butner police agency since 1993. He was placed on paid leave for the past month while his role in the decision to let the drunk trooper go was investigated. Moss’ annual salary was $66,125.

Hobgood, who has maintained that he knew nothing about the officers’ actions until he was called by a reporter a week after the incident, said he has made clear to his remaining staff that favoritism such as that shown to Williams will not be tolerated.

“Our officers are held to high standards, and we expect no less,” Hobgood said. “I have personally met with each and every member of this department since the incident occurred and have made clear my expectations and the repercussions for not meeting them.”

Read more: http://www.newsobserver.com/2010/06/22/545176/4th-police-officer-fired-in-butner.html#ixzz1Rfgvekm1

2015 years 10 months ago

As someone who personally and professionally knows Trooper Wyrick I was shocked to hear about these accusations. Everytime I have dealt with Trooper Wyrick he has always been professional and I think the videos that have been made public show he was professional. The Tesseners had their 15 minutes of fame and its now time for them to shut up and go on with their life. I found it very funny that Hoyt Tessener walked in claiming to be her attorney. Granted he is an attorney but he deals with Personal Injury and works with Martin and Jones up in Raleigh. Hoyt Tessener clearly showed his ignorance in criminal law the minute he opened his mouth the night this happened and also in his letter to the Governor. Had he been as smart as he tried to make himself out to be he would have known that Mrs. Tessener who apparently is not the law abiding citizen she and her husband tried to make her out to be could not be released by Trooper Wyrick. Hoyt Tessener tried to throw around big names about who he knows (assuming he really knows these people and I say that because its clear he likes to lower his credibility by lying about events) in a clear effort to help him. In the end his throwing around names did nothing for him but the evidence helped and cleared Trooper Wyrick.

2015 years 10 months ago

El Cheapo was told by the car dealership to fix the light, a few weeks before the incident. It would cost $200. It was fixed 6 days after the incident. I guess Sugar Daddy Elmer Fudd has to watch his pennies, to keep depressed Miss Priss Troophy Wife in liquor. And pretend to be a Bigshot. First a fight over a bar-tab, now this. I think they would makke a great Reality TV show.

2015 years 10 months ago

Everyone on here who doesn’t think there was wrong doing on the SHP side is crazy and maybe should seek help. I hope if you are ever mistreated by one–You will remember how let down you feel after defending them.. They may start out as great cops, but as time goes by and they see how much power they have, things start to change…For most, the ego gets so big that they cant ever be wrong about anyone. If they say they smell beer then they must of had a few or someone looks like they drink then they must…If they drive a nice car they must be rich…Crazy!!! Everyone becomes guilty no matter what. I think there should be some kind of rotation in place to keep them in check. Burnt out cops are bad cops!!! Just the same applies to teachers– A burnt out teacher is not a very good one. There has to be some kind of screening done to the public service jobs that are important to our community. After doing the same thing day after day year after year with “no pay raises” or “high Stress” There needs to be some type of screening to see if it is a time for change. I understand that experience makes you wiser, but it could also make you bitter and the general public “taxpayers” are paying the price. In this case–The cop was wrong about her and he was off the road for 4 hours. He may have experience, but his ego got in the way and it cost taxpayers money and time off our roads keeping us safe. Think of how many drunk drivers were out there riding around, while he was dealing with a woman who blew a 0.00 two different times. He could have caught one of them instead he was wasting time with a woman who had a headlight out. Goes to show– They have to be right, because he smelled booze then she must have been drinking.”but she wasn”t” She was unsteady on her feet. She was wearing heels—but he must be a expert on wearing heels too.. because everyone woman knows on the right rough road it is hard to walk in heels and I myself as a female would not walk barefooted on the side of the road. Think of the germs, glass, and trash that could be on the side of the road. Would you want your wife or mother to walk over that if she had done nothing wrong except for having a headlight out. We need change and venting with comments is not going to do it. We need to come together as taxpayers and make that change happen. Why not stop all this welfare for people who make a career of it and give the money to our cops and our teachers, maybe this will help with all the bitterness they have grown towards us in the last few years. My friend’s son loves everything about a policeman and he gets so excited when he sees a car or an officer in public, All he wants to do is fight bad guys..Funny that is how it used to be…Will hate to see the disapointment when he sees that isnt how it really is, I dont hate cops, I just hate how their egos has become more important than right or wrong and having ethics when doing their job. If I was a retired police officer or SHP, I would take pride in knowing I did it right, and I would hate knowing that the ones who wear the uniform now haven given my job such a bad name. Get a Clue People–and if you dont now–soon you will be the person with the headlight out.


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