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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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  • Guest87

    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 him….boo hoo hoo, poor Lt. Miller, losing his job, his career….how 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” work…..no one will care…..it 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

  • jeff daughtry

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

  • Guest9865

    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.

  • 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.

  • keeping you safe

    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?

  • Guest99x

    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.

  • Das Weibstück

    Umm umm umm. 19 years? Should know better.

  • Guest461

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

  • Guest461

    …this is! An officer that you say defended our safety for 19 years, then goes out driving drunk to put the lives of the public IN DANGER is a “MISTAKE”? That’s no mistake by any means, that’s called pure stupidity! If anyone one in this county knew any better, it should be Lt. Miller. He could’ve even given himself a breathalyzer for criminy sakes. A taxi is even easier, not to mention a crapload cheaper.

    Is your surgeon allowed to leave a scalpel in your abdominal cavity after surgery as a “mistake”?

    Is you mechanic allowed to forget to put your oil plug back in after your oil change…as a mistake?

    Is your preacher allowed to molest an underage member of his congregation…as a mistake?

    Is your vet allowed to give your animal a lethal injection instead of a rabies innoculation…as a mistake?

    Is your banker allowed make that 10,000.00 deposit of yours to the wrong account…as a mistake?

    Is this concept beginning to sink in with you yet?

    As professionals, we maintain that signature by doing what is expected in that profession! Lt. Miller broke his own golden rule and is no longer considered a professionl in law enforcement…and never will again! It was HIS concious decision, he will greatly suffer the consequences he very well knew about as a former professional!


    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 pass..an 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

  • Guest99x

    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…

  • Guest

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

  • Guest99x

    It’s funny that you refer to Lt. Miller as a ZERO…. not too long ago a lady who was visiting our fine part of the world lost her freedom for a night while registering ZERO on an alochol intoxication meter.

    Hey, if we are going to have roadside “checkpoints” why don’t we link up to the Department of Revenue’s database and be sure that citizens are in tax compliance? Why don’t we be sure that citizen’s are current on their child support?

  • Guest99x

    Hate to disagree with you 461, but all of the fact patterns you have laid out have civil remedies available except for the “molesting preacher” to which you refer…

    The sad situation here is that in your example of a molesting preacher, he has superior rights in court compared to the accused “intoxicated” driver…


    If he was not guilty why did he resign? He also resigned before the internal investigation could be completed, huh..amazing ain’t it. McMahon should have fired him and not let him resign. If he was not guilty why did he refuse the breathalizer test? By resigning he can go to work for another dept, so watch out we will hear from him in the future.

  • wondering

    Where does it say he refused a test? How do you know this?

  • Guest99x

    ILM Nat…. I checked the other reports on Lt. Miller and did not see it reported anywhere that he refused the test. Do you know something we don’t or are you trying to add some other spin to the debate?

  • ILM Native2

    I saw no mention in any article that he refused a breath test. Where did you get your information?? Also, there seems to be a bit of confusion that this man would not be able to get another job in law enforcement if he were fired instead of resigning. It does not matter if he was fired or resigned. Unless the state takes his certification he is eligible to take another job anywhere in the state.

  • Guest 222

    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!


    OK maybe I misread something about the breath test BUT why would he jump the gun and resign before the internal investigation was completed? If there was a chance he would be found innocent why would you resign?? Because he KNEW what the outcome would be that’s why. Looks better on the resume to say you quit rather than be fired. Wonder why he left BCSD to come back over to the NHCSD after he had already left the NHCSD before that? HMMMM Get in some trouble over there also???? Well he can go over to Pender next I suppose.

  • anne

    Was it worth losing your career over?

  • Guest

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

  • guesty

    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.

  • Guest1234

    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


    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

  • Guest

    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.

  • Guest

    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!!!!!

  • really?

    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?

  • Guest

    …so if the trooper let him drive away, 5 miles down the road he hit and kill your family, who is to blame?

  • GuestLee

    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.

  • Guest99x

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

  • Guest

    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. :)

  • guesty

    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.

  • Guest

    Jealous much….???

  • Guest38

    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 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…

  • Guest1889

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


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