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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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2015 years 11 months ago

I’m glad you are bringing up old news. I’m sure if we to your job there would be someone over the years not dropping fries the way they should. Grow up. Wyrick was exonerated the way he should have been. Apparently we now have language police and cannot say anything or text privatley in this world anymore. Trooper wyrick sue the pants off of that so called attorney and the bar needs to snatch his license. This was a waste if time when all she needed to do was a test roadside. It would not have been so bad… Read more »

2015 years 11 months ago

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Ed Ukator
2015 years 11 months ago

If we could all move beyond the name calling and rhetoric and try to learn something from this experience, then we might turn a negative into a positive. Mr. Goolsby had an opportunity to educate us all on whether this was a proper stop, whether there was “Real” probable cause or not to suspect a DWI or DUI. Unfortunately he chose to play the political card without knowing all the facts. Questions: Does a burned out light bulb, whether a headlight, turn signal, expired tag or inspection, or mechanical violation give the officer the right or probable cause to conduct… Read more »

2015 years 11 months ago

What bothered me most was Gov. Perdue’s response that a bad attitude and foul language wasn’t grounds for dismissal for Trooper Smith. The NC highway patrol used to be one of the most respected in the country. No more and this is one reason why. It’s turned into a “good-ole’ boy” organization with no one to keep them in check as one of the other posters pointed out.

2015 years 11 months ago

The breathalyzer was administered more than an hour after the initial stop. He had probable cause to do what he did. They were not on the side of the road. They were in a paved parking lot, that she had claimed to be gravel. If you will read everything involved that has been made available to the public, you will see that the lawyer and his wife were proven to have lied.

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