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NHSO lieutenant quits after DWI arrest


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A New Hanover County Sheriff's deputy has quit after being pulled over for drunk driving.

The Sheriff's Office says Highway Patrol stopped Lt. Lawrence Miller for DWI over the Labor Day weekend. Troopers stopped Miller during a checkpoint at the Snows Cut Bridge.

Miller has resigned from the Sheriff’s Office before an internal investigation concluded.

"I continue to stand firm on my position concerning alcohol related incidents," Sheriff Ed McMahon said in a statement of his zero-tolerance policy.

Miller was a 19-year veteran with the Sheriff's Office. He is at least the fourth Sheriff's Office employee to quit or be fired after an arrest since May 2010.

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See the smirk on his face,

See the smirk on his face, he isn't worried at all. He resigned so when he goes to court, "his" buddies will slap his hand , pat him on the back and say how sorry they are for hoo hoo, poor Lt. Miller, losing his job, his will he pay his bills, how will he survive? He knows the Judges in New Hanover County, and having worked in the jail he has worked under all of them. Why don't you people leave him alone....don't you all see HE IS THE VICTIM of a NCSHP Trooper with a quota to fill. He will get the very minimum. He isn't worried. Remember "he knows people who know people, that know people". He won't do a day in jail, no probation, he "might" pay court cost, surely he will get a limited privilege license to go back and forth, and come November when he goes to court, you know in New Hanover County where his "buddies" one will will all be swept under the rug. Wonder if the Judge will ban the Media? Ha Ha Ha you know because of the "sensitive" information.


of deputies being fired or resigning in a little over a year, does not say much as who is out there upholding our laws does it. The law enforcement community wonders why there is no respect for them..DUH

the trooper didn't give him

the trooper didn't give him the dwi,he earned it himself


If he did in fact commit these charges… ( it has yet to be proven) he will have his day in court

Through COUNTY EMPLOYMENT RECORDS you can verify that Mr. Miller has NOT worked for NHCSD for 19 years consecutively, he actually came to work for NHCSD in 2002 after having worked with the Brunswick County Sheriffs Department, after having ORIGINALLY worked for the NHCSD.His total years of Law Enforcement may possibly be 19 years, but he has switched back and forth from NHCSD to BCSD then back to NHCSD. (and yes we know him professionally) And for those that say because he resigned he will keep his certification, that may be nice but first offense DUI "USUALLY" carries a MANDITORY revocation, so he won't be driving anything until that is resolved, if in fact he does lose his drivers license. Or it may all get thrown out of court and resolve itself.

Yes, we have ALL made mistakes, yes, we have ALL made poor choices. And like all of us with things that have gone wrong Mr. Miller will work through this.

No where did it say he refused a breath test, or indicate what he blew for that matter ( not that we read).....but the FACT is a NCSHP Trooper ARRESTED him for Driving While Impaired, during a BOOZE IT AND LOSE IT ROAD BLOCK! There is no "brotherhood" it was this STATE TROOPERS RESPONSIBILITY to do what he did. If you have ever gone through a road block, there are many troopers, and LEO's all around.Not one specific Trooper or LEO calls the shots.

Mistake, yes, it was a mistake that he didn’t call a cab to drive him home. Sad that he made the choice to resign BEFORE the internal affairs had completed their investigation into the matter, in which he could have very well been CLEARED of all charges. And still may very well be cleared.

There is a reason for having such a strict DUI law….. you drink you drive…. you CAN kill someone. The “victims” in this are Mr. Millers children. Hopefully Mr. Miller can get things back on track and move forward. We sincerely wish him the best.

Speed limits don't apply to

Speed limits don't apply to cops. Why should DWI laws?


Can anyone tell me where it says he refused a breath test? Hmmm I must have missed that part. And for whoever brought up why should he get away when 84 other people got arrested? Where are the other 84 people's pictures and stories? And when people hear "drunk driver", they automatically assume someone is fall down drunk, remember .08 is the legal limit...that is not much more than a few beers.... Keep your judgements to yourselves until you are perfect!!! I'm not condoning drinking and driving, but we are all human and all have made mistakes. Leave the poor man alone...

The Star News reported he

The Star News reported he refused a breathalizer test. His picture was shown because he was a law enforcement officer and was SUPPOSED to know better. He is suppsoed to enforce the law NOT break it. GOOD RIDDENCE.....POOR MAN MY BUTT...

It's The Law

I'm sure Lt. Miller served NHC in a wonderful capacity for 19 years. However, the law is the law....for everyone, even law enforcement.

Only one basher here?

Looks like ol' Berger is stealing all of the attention.


The cop that wrote him the DUI should be the one who put in his resignation, not Miller. Way to look out for a fellow officer after 19 years of service. And no I am not a cop if the trooper let him if the trooper let him drive away, 5 miles down the road he hit and kill your family, who is to blame?

so since he is a state

so since he is a state trooper he should get to drive away from a DUI while the other 84 people given a DUI that night go to jail? Im a school teacher what laws do i get to break for brotherhood?

Brotherhood.... HA!

First of all it was not a COP who arrested him, it was a STATE TROOPER! and if you drive drunk you deserve a DWI as well. How would you feel if Miller had left the check point with a slap on the wrist and killed an innocent child or family ??? Talk about Brotherhood!!!!!

How many "levels" of

How many "levels" of policing does this part of the state really need? Hitler had three, the SA, the SS and the Gestapo.

Well... I am glad you paid

Well... I am glad you paid attention in History class! FYI there is three levels of law enforcement 1. City cops, 2. Sheriffs, 3.State Troopers. :)

Missed a few agancies

What about the SBI, Wildlife, Park Rangers are all state LEO's and then you can add in the federal groups such as NCIS, FBI, DEA, ATF.

You have some serious

You have some serious problems. There is no excuse for driving drunk, no matter what. So the trooper should have let him off since he has 19 years service as a cop? That is exactly the kind of thinking that has got this country in the shape we are in now. With 19 years service he should have known better. I bet if that 19 years cop had hit and killed one of your kids or loved ones while driving drunk you would look at it differently. I don't want anyone on the roads driving after they have been drinking because I have kids driving and my wife and parents, etc. on the roads. You need some serious help.


Do you think average Joe would have been given a free pass? Why should he? If he went down the road and killed say 3 people would that justify the free pass? 1 year, 19 years, 30 years no excuse he should have known better than anyone..NO FREE PASS FOR HIM


How hard is it to find a sober driver, stay where you are or take a taxi? If you don't want to leave your car behind you can pay a little more and call a tow truck that will take you and your car home. There is no excuse for drunk driving.

One question

Was it worth losing your career over?

Since he quit and wasn't

Since he quit and wasn't fired, he retains his LEO certification. Which means he'll find another LE postition in another department.

drunk cop

Umm umm umm. 19 years? Should know better.

Another jack-booted thug...

off the streets and out from behind the wheel of a car with blue lights. Thank you to the State Troopers who arrested him. Far too many of Eddie's thugs think they're beyond the law.

Sorry, taxpayer.... hate to

Sorry, taxpayer.... hate to disagree with 'ya but the "jackbooted thugs" don't wear brown, they wear grey and work for the so called highway patrol.

Jealous much....???

Jealous much....???

Careful what you say

You obviously do not know this man. He has served your county and defended YOUR safety for over 19 years. He made one mistakes. At least he owned up to it. How dare you lay down judgement. Have you never made a mistake? who are you to judge this Hero?


Driving drunk ia not a mistake. Its stupidity... The real HERO is the State Trooper who arrested him.

I'm with you a thousand

I'm with you a thousand percent "keeping you safe". A single indiscretion should not end the career of a 19 year law enforcement veteran.

We are living under the tyrrany of good intentions with this excessive "enforcement" of so called DWI laws. There are probably more fakers claiming loss or injury in alochol related motor vehicle incidents than fakers with "handicapped" placards hanging from their vehicle mirrors...


He is NO hero he is a cop who thought he was above the law and should have not been allowed to resign. Fire him, now he will move on to somewhere else and think he is above the law there also. How do you know this was his ONE mistake??? The cop that arrested him was one of the good guys, why should the drunk get a free ordinary citizen would not have been given a pass. He was a drunk riding down the road that sure does not class him as a hero but a ZERO..GOOD RIDDENCE

First off he is NOT a Cop.

First off he is NOT a Cop. He is/was a Deputy! He also worked in the jail and thats it. He got his just deserves!