Carolina Beach officer commended for actions before and after fatal hit & run
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CAROLINA BEACH, NC, (WWAY) -- A Carolina Beach police officer was awarded for his involvement in a fatal hit and run last year.

John Colville was hit and killed by a drunk driver on Carolina Beach Road on Nov. 12, 2012. Anthony Thompson recently plead guilty to 2nd degree murder and was sentenced to a minimum of 19 years in prison.

Lt. Chris Spivey arrested Thompson in the past for several DWI's. District Attorney Ben David wrote a letter of commendation crediting Lt. Spivey for being crucial in tracking Thompson's moves prior to the crash.

In a pubic ceremony Tuesday night, the Wilmington Rotary Club gave Lt. Spivey the "Service Above Self" award.

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Great job Lt. Spivey! Thanks for all you do!

"Lt. Chris Spivey arrested Thompson in the past for several DWI's. District Attorney Ben David wrote a letter of commendation crediting Lt. Spivey for being crucial in tracking Thompson's moves prior to the crash."

Why was Thompson still driving and not behind bars? DA Ben David should answer that question instead of writing a letter commending Lt. Spivey. Had Thompson been in jail or prison, Mr. Colville might be alive today.

How many DWI's does a person have to be convicted of before they go to jail?

I think you missed the main message that this article was trying to send. Obviously the guy thought he was above the law hence the numerous DWI's... he was probably driving without a license.I don't really understand what you're bitching about... I think more police officers should be recognized for doing their job well, as it is not an easy one. The guy should go to jail for the rest of his life because of what he did but this article was not published for that discussion, it's purpose is positive so stop trying to pull things out of context and make it negative.