FIRST ON 3: Pender Co. commissioner’s DWI case dropped

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Submitted: Tue, 04/17/2012 - 3:31am
Updated: Tue, 04/17/2012 - 12:44pm

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Prosecutors in Charlotte have dropped a DWI charge against a Pender County Commissioner. A spokesman for Mecklenburg County Courts says the District Attorney voluntarily dismissed the charge against David Williams Friday.

According to a court filing, the judge ruled the officer who pulled Williams over did not have a legal reason to do so. That led the judge to throw out the arrest and the evidence gathered during the stop, including the results of a breath test.


As WWAY was first to report last year, Matthews Police pulled Williams over in December 2010 after they spotted “a suspicious vehicle stopped in the middle of” US 74, according to a police report. The report said Williams’s blood alcohol level was 0.15.

According to court records, Williams was convicted of DWI in 1990 and again in 1994.

Williams has not yet returned a call for comment.


  • Guest45 says:

    What is the surprise on this case, Undocumented aliens get stop by law enforcement all the time for simple reasons as: “You crossed the center line” “You didn’t turn on your lights” etc,etc.
    No citizen documented or undocumented should get this free pass, like you well said if it was your family members who is killed by a drunk driver then you react to this issue.

  • Guest857 says:

    Please take note, it was District Court Judge Osman who pulled this shenanigan. Make your vote count! Throw the bum out! Same with Pender County residents…throw the other bum out.

  • Robert Ford says:

    If the man that killed the father and son bikers on River Road had the same connections as this POS, he would be driving and drinking just like
    this guy will. Two priors means nothing to a judge?? The officer was bought off, but that’s a given.THE judge is who enforces the laws. If
    they don’t …who needs them. He or she does not care and will continue to ride the tax payers train and retire and rake in all the government bennies,knowing if they drink and drive…no big deal, I’ll call Bubba.
    There needs to be a revolt and there will be.

  • Guest9743 says:

    This guy does not intend to stop drinking and driving….he’ll keep drinking and driving until he kills someone or kill himself first because he knows there are lawyers and judges out there that will set his a$$ free as long as he forks over the money, that’s what it’s all about folks, the money….to hell with everything and everybody else, it’s all about the money!!!

  • Citizen of the Republic says:

    Excellent job of overlooking the use of common sense.

    Now, if your drunk, just park in the middle of the road. Maybe Market or Oleander.

    This Judge has set the precedent that sitting in the middle of the road drunk is not “suspicious”.

    If your a crook, just stand in the road, make sure your stolen merchandise is not showing, and the law has no reason to stop, question, or detain.

    I understand this is not what is going to happen. But if your in the “network” of certain judges, you have a get out of free jail card.

    And they wonder why the public has such a low opinion of lawyers, judges, and the “system”.

    You can call it by any other name, but it still smells.

  • PC Citizen says:

    Sadly, I am a PC citizen that lives in this man’s district. He is driving on the same roads as me and my family every day! He has had 2 previous convictions; it is atrocious that any judge in this state would drop the charges. The man should be in jail. We desperately need to have recall laws for local governments in this state.

    It is amazing that he is the one representing the area of Pender County that has the most dangerous stretch of road for traffic, Hwy 17 in Hampstead. Given his history he is more than likely driving it while drunk! It is just a matter of time before he takes someone’s life on the road. I wonder how much it costs to buy off a DA and judge these days? How many other times has he been successful in buying these guys off that we don’t even know about?

  • Grand Ole Party says:

    If the officer had been “bought off” he would have never been arrested to start with dumb ass. This has nothing to do with the officer, it was the judge that dropped the charges. You’re ignorant, but that’s a given.

  • Lawenforcement supporter says:

    I, as well live in this mans district. I have seen Law enforcement officials be fired for not supporting the sheriff, which in my eyes is wrong. I sit here and think about the actions of Mr. Williams whom may I remind you is a Official in this county, he tried to get “out of his front yard” to play. He got BUSTED! To see him walk away free is teaching our kids that it is o.k. to drink and drive. Just make sure that your headlights, tail lights and signals work if you are drinking and if you get pulled over you can get out of it because there was no probable cause! What kind of person would see his name all over the news paper knowing that he is guilty and not resign??? Let me tell you something if Mr. Williams is driving and kills someone in this county or not, the law should prosecute him to the fullest! I as a parent think this man should be removed and the judge as well!! Pender county has another great example of a leader! Did you party with the judge Mr. Williams?? This is just outlandish!!!

  • Guest1946 says:

    Who cares what caught the officer’s attention? ANY cop can come up with probable cause to stop a car. A vehicle stopped in the middle of the road is a pretty good reason to check it out. This guy blew a .15….almost twice the legal limit. But, the judge surpressed the results and the DA (dumb a$$) dropped the charges. No doubt about it, the good old boy network is alive and well. The SBI needs to go to Charlotte.

  • Mark R says:

    He was still driving DRUNK, weather the liberal courts find or don’t find PC for the actual traffic stop. NC Judges are looking for any excuse not to allow prosecution for DWI, why is that? It’s the same in Pitt county, court system here is corrupt too. Since when is the officers word he was driving drunk not sufficient, it’s simply sad.

    Wait til one of their son’s or daughters or spouse are injured in a DWI wreck then and maybe then they will start to do their job.

    Time for NC to lower the Br.A.C. to the Colorado standard .05.

  • james says:

    Legal reason?? Is a roadblock a “legal reason”. whats the difference??
    April 2912 and the “good ‘ol boys” still rule. The judge needs fired.
    This is a terrible example of our judicial system. 1.5 BAC and he walks!!!

  • Guest1234 says:

    It is April “2012” and he blew a “.15″. Maybe you are the one that has the drinking problem

  • GuestPissed says:

    How can we let this happen.

  • Mark R says:

    Easy we keep electing them. Time to make a few changes

  • Brian says:

    As a taxpaying citizen of the State of North Carolina, I demand that this matter be appealed by the district attorney.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    there are some facts of law you do not understand.

    This man had more time than the DA to wait this one out.

    This man had more resources to wait this one out than the DA.

    The District Attorney’s office, by practice, evaluates every case on the basis of winnability and the associated costs.

    He had the time, patience and money to wait this one out.

    But hey, stand up on your hind legs and demand some more.

    Maybe you can demand enough to get Roy Cooper interested. It is an election year and he is running for re-election. The State’s attorney general might have the funds and time; not certain they have jurisdiction.

    Maybe you can carry a sign at the next County Council meeting and Demand he resign.

    Good Luck

  • Guest55 says:

    It’s now up to the voters in Pender County to do what the justice system, for whatever reason, could not. Are Pender County’s voters up to it? I bet you they’re not. There’s always lots of squealing about misconduct by elected officials but when Election Day rolls around, the voters send those officials back to office for more of the same.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    the voters are the only ones who can remove him from office.

    It’s unfortunate his employer does not take action. If he’s working and driving in this condition, they could face a significnt lawsuit.

  • Guest299999 says:

    This David Williams guy is a drunken clown, who does not deserve anymore than a cot at Salvation Army with the crazies and the crackheads. Expects everything in life to be given to him (dead beat mamas boy).

  • Das Weibstück says:

    One of the thugs that was shot in Jacksonville a few days ago while breaking and entering had 3 DWI’s as well. Just like this bum. Williams got away with it because he had cash for a slick attorney. Wait till he kills someone, then who will be blamed?

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    …that blowing in excess of the BAC limit is prima facie evidence that a crime has been committed. In the past the only defense was to attack the manner of testing or the calibration of the equipment, both of which usually failed and resulted in a conviction anyway.

    Let’s face it – the man WAS driving drunk!

    This judge has set a new low point, and I agree that the fix is in and the good ol’ boy network is alive and well.

  • sooner says:

    To Surf City Tom:
    Did you by any chance read the Wednesday, 17th article in the Post & Voice concerning the application to the county for a Board of Health member position. Brown turned the former health educator down for the board membership and Jimmy Holland the chair of the BOH said that she was turned now because she worked at the health department during the turmoil of the Jack Griffith administration. The previous excuse was that she had worked at the health department, but that was clearly not a legal reason to deny her the opportunity to serve on the board. I’m repeating this story to add the following comment:
    Commissioner Brown did not want the lady on the BOH because she had supported the former health director and called Brown on many of his misstatements and lies. In the Commissioners meeting this week when questioned by Tate and Ward about the application of the lady not being in the meeting package provided by the county administration Brown began to yell and bluster (according to the newspaper article) that the application was in the package. Tate and Ward did not give up and the secretary to the BOCC was forced to tell the truth on questioning: The woman’s application was not in the commissioners meeting package. The BOCC had no chance to review the application and approve or disapprove the application as directed by law: Brown just flat lied, and when he was caught he simply attempted to cutoff the conversation. I said the above to say this: An elected official is caught flat out lying while being paid by the taxpayer to carry out duties prescribed to him by law. Where is the outrage? Why should anyone be concerned about another Commissioner, Williams, who also broke the law (apparently 3 times at least) because of drinking and driving and was released because of an infraction of his constitutional rights. Where is the outrage? We now know beyond a shadow of a doubt that in Pender County we have two representatives of the people, one who is a public liar and one who is a serial DWI driver. Where is the outrage?

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