State trooper resigns after arrest on DWI charge in Brunswick County

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Submitted: Fri, 08/15/2014 - 12:13pm
Updated: Wed, 07/01/2015 - 9:42am

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper has resigned after being arrested this week with DWI in Brunswick County.

The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office arrested William Bryan Thompson around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to documents, for allegedly having a blood alcohol level over the legal limit of .08.

A NC Department of Public Safety spokeswoman tells WWAY the Highway Patrol began an internal investigation as soon as it learned of Thompson’s arrest. She says Thompson, who was put on “investigatory placement,” quit his job Thursday.

Thompson, a 19-year veteran of the Highway Patrol, was assigned to Troop B, District 9 Motor Carrier Enforcement office located in Fayetteville.


  • Tracie C says:

    “he is a good person” was the same thing said by the family of the man who killed my boss AND himself because of drinking and driving.
    “Good” people do NOT commit selfish acts that would possibly cause harm to others.
    “Good” cops serve and protect – they do NOT choose to drink and drive.
    “A family of hwy patrol” isn’t an excuse.
    Would he still be a “good person” if he had killed someone close to you in that instance? I think not.
    But, how do you know he is a “good person” if you’ve never met him????
    People like him NEED people like you so they can continue on in their stupid actions while you give them excuses to do so.

  • sonja sellers says:

    Please leave this man alone he is a good person He comes from a family of hwy patrol let the first person come forward that hasn’t done wrong. I would love to meet you. Sonja Sellers. Whiteville. Keep your head up Brian

  • Robert T Willis says:

    The law was changed to “DWI” years ago! Also there is no legal limit…..08 is just the manic number for the state to take your license 30 days pre-trial. You can be convected at .01!!!

  • Guest2020 says:

    NCGS § 20-138.1.

    (a) Offense. – A person commits the offense of impaired driving if he drives any vehicle upon any highway, any street, or any public vehicular area within this State:
    (1) While under the influence of an impairing substance; or
    (2) After having consumed sufficient alcohol that he has, at any relevant time after the driving, an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more. The results of a chemical analysis shall be deemed sufficient evidence to prove a person’s alcohol concentration; or
    (3) With any amount of a Schedule I controlled substance, as listed in G.S. 90-89, or its metabolites in his blood or urine.

  • Michael Scott says:

    I was an Trooper with the 82nd in Fayetteville, NC in the early seventies, a police officer in Ga. In the eighties,and worked as a state trooper in Fl in the last decade. DWI has fluctuated between .08 and .1 BAC as the limit. It’s the standard number but impaired means having trouble in physical coordination you can’t correct. It requires only to have registered on a breath test. Anyone that’s around smoke can get lung cancer. Anyone that drinks can get impaired. About Everyone has driven before from a bar after having drinks it’s part of society. Even good responsible people can make a mistake of estimating their abilities. One second of poor judgement can take a life. If you’re going to condemn a person for that then you have a lot of work ahead of you, I don’t know anyone that has not made serious mistake. Where I worked Motor Carrier Code Compliance was a more difficult and rewarding position to enter in law enforcement which I applied for and couldn’t get on even with long tractor trailer experience, but I did get on with FHP.
    Until you have done what they have, don’t knock them!

  • guesty says:

    Drunk driving isn’t a mistake, it is a criminal act the chose to commit. Oh course if he was a butcher or banker this wouldn’t be news. But then again, bankers & butchers don’t also arrest people for DUI.

  • guest45 says:


    B/S, you are full of it, he didn’t switch for a change, they kicked him down, he switched so he he could harass a different class of people, hard working people, trying to get by the best way they could, and newsflash, he didn’t “RESIGN” owning up to making a mistake, he resigned to keep his certification, a big forest in NC law, anyone resigning should forfeit their certifications, and just for the record, we all make mistakes, and one little break from him could have saved many a familys livelyhood, but do you think he ever gave a break?

  • Guest2020 says:

    McDonald’s giving me a Diet Coke instead of a regular Coke is a mistake. Consuming alcohol knowing that you are going to get behind the wheel of a car is a choice. We all have things that we deal with on a daily basis. We all have problems. We don’t all drive drunk.

  • deputy25 says:

    this is not a mistake! DWI is not a mistake, it is a deliberate act by an irresponsible person that chose to get behind the wheel of a vehicle and put his/her life and others lives in danger. that is why they LOCK you up for it, because it is a CRIME. you dont lock up people or make laws for MISTAKES!! i will and have charged officers in the past for DWI off duty. i do not tolerate that or use of drugs! he knows better, he still knows better, he made that choice, it wasnt a mistake he made.

  • guesty says:

    Driving under the influence isn’t a mistake but a criminal act he chose to commit. Thanks for playing, no parting gift.

  • taxpayer says:

    I think you missed the sarcasm in his post Amber.

  • Guest2020 says:

    He CHOSE to consume alcohol knowing that he would be getting behind the wheel of a car. He did so knowing that he would be risking the lives of everyone else on the roads with him. He, like other drunk drivers, showed a reckless disregard for the people of this community. He did not care that his actions could have hurt or killed someone, if he had not been caught.

    Police officers who do their jobs well and who do not snub their noses at the law they are sworn to enforce deserve our support and respect. Drunk drivers do not.

  • Billy Aintree says:

    Only the police are qualified to drive fast, have guns, and tell everybody else what to do. They deserve special appreciation and respect, and freebies from restaurants.

  • Amber Hardee says:

    And you deserve to shut your mouth. Everyone makes mistakes, and he is being punished for his just like any other citizen would be. The difference is that his mistake cost him his job. You get a DWI, and you keep your job. Law enforcement officers risk their lives for us every day, and they deserve our respect… So shut it.

  • FHP 23 says:

    I retired three years ago from the Florida Highway Patrol. I moved here 29 months ago, and I must say I have never seen or even heard of so many law enforcement officers being in trouble as I hear and see here. This is a true problem. I guess it’s just expected that you guys have more police officers and sheriffs deputies fired and charged than Miami Dade and Broward County combined! Do you folks realize that both those agencies combined have over 10,000 officers working. You folks have less than 978 combined. But you’re outdoing them!
    I sure hope something changes here or it’s just going to get worse.

    The leadership should be held accountable and should be ashamed of what’s accepted here.

  • deputy25 says:

    i dont think they have been to the level of corruption the 5 officers of the Miami River Cops were charged with! but i agree , there are a lot more areas of corruption., collar crimes, but not like murder

  • John Boy says:

    Is this the leadership you are refereeing to in Florida? And this is just the top arrest/charges over the past thirty days. Approximately twenty police officers in the Miami-Dade area have been suspended or terminated in the past month for “misconduct.” Either your head is in the sand or you are a troll looking to stir hatred of police. Knowledge is power my friend.

    Miami-Dade Police Officer Charged With DUI Back in Custody
    A Miami-Dade Police Officer charged with DUI is back in custody for driving with a suspended license and leaving the scene of an accident while out on bond.
    A judge revoked 41-year-old Ryan Robinson’s bond at a Tuesday hearing. Robinson was charged with DUI in April after he knocked over a shopping cart containing two children in a Publix parking lot while off-duty.

    A Miami-Dade County narcotics detective passed along sensitive police intelligence to a violent gang of marijuana smugglers, allowing them to avoid arrest and even to target their rivals, federal authorities said Thursday. The detective, Roderick Silva, was arrested after a federal grand jury indicted him on charges that he worked for the lucrative grow-house operation.

    Miami Cop Known As ‘The Milk Man’ Helped Drug Ring, Plotted Murders, FBI Says
    MIAMI (AP) — In 22 years at the Miami-Dade Police Department, Lt. Ralph Mata broke up major gangs, supervised an airport canine unit that sniffed out drug smugglers and investigated police wrongdoing. He was also, according to the FBI, known as “The Milk Man” for helping New Jersey cocaine dealers move hundreds of thousands of dollars around.

    The personal file of a Miami-Dade police officer arrested for lewd and lascivious acts involving a minor shows he had a positive history with the department with the exception of a few incidents.

  • Linda Parker says:

    My husband has received 2 tickets from NC State Troopers who flat out lied and when he took it to court the judge said they are sworn officers of the law. Well the sworn officers of the law should become honest, law abiding citizens if they want respect. It’s not fair to the citizens of this state that they can get away with pulling someone over and write a ticket that is based on a lie.

  • Guesttoo says:

    Read that last sentence again. It’s entirely possible that Florida cops prefer to look the other way when one of their own gets in trouble. You know. flash a badge and help a brother out? Wink, wink. Perhaps it’s your peers who have a problem with holding others accountable.

    I think leadership here is holding their reports accountable.

    29 months here and you’re still doing the “us and them” thing? What’s up with that?

  • MarkG says:

    Within two days, WWAY has reported on problems within the Leland Police Department and now this DWI arrest of a Highway Patrolman.

    There seems to be a nationwide deterioration of professionalism within law enforcement. Yet, at the same time many in the field are showing signs of disrespect for their own profession, the departments are being supplied with more and more military style equipment. Doesn’t sound like a good mix to me.

    And to Amber, yes, there are many good officers out that do work hard and do earn respect. However, just being in a position does not automatically entitle you to respect.

  • Concerned Citizen says:

    When I read the comments made by our citizens I better understand why we have the problems we have in the area & the state. The issue is really very simple. Law Enforcement like Preachers should not be in their profession if they don’t believe in what they stand for. A drunk driver is dangerios no matter who he is. As for others not loosing their jobs, well Amber you have not clue about that. Most people with DWI’s do loose their jobs. I deal with them ever day.

  • Current LEO says:

    We are ahead 8 to 5 over 30 days,and over a 36 month period we are tied. Our area 58 Miami Dade 56.
    Put those stats up John Boy.. I work in this field here and for the most part it’s great men and women in the profession. But the ones causing the problems make and enforce policy. Only they pick and choose who should be held accountable. We have hired folks with horrible backgrounds, pending charges, and some that have lost custody of their children in other states for child neglect!!
    I know several guys with stellar military and law enforcement backgrounds that get turned down at these same agencies because of political reasons.. That’s the truth! But they hire former addicts, and guys 7800 behind in child support? I had to serve a warrant on my Lt. last year for property damage!
    The warrant had been sitting unserved for 22 months. WTF is wrong with us here?!!
    It’s the promotional process and hiring process that’s starts the issues here. Change that and better attitudes and top performers will rise to the occasion..

  • Wayne says:

    One needs to see the most important part of that news story. It states he was a part of the “motor carrier enforcement” unit…. People if you ever see a state trooper with “motor carrier enforcement” on the truck,SUV, or car, GET AWAY FROM IT! These ” law enforcement people” are the rejects of all other types of law enforcement. They are what used to be called NC DMV, or rent a cops. The State of NC forced the “used to be awesome” NCSHP to take these rejects and gave them patrol cars, uniforms and a huge raise. These people(motor carrier enforcement) are dangerous and you should be very careful when you see one. One only need see the photo to get my point. But as with all NCSHP, he will file a lawsuit and get his job back with back pay and a promotion. If you can ever get an old copy of the TV show Swamp Loggers, when one of there drivers was stopped by a “motor carrier enforcement “. He, the rent a cop, had no teeth, could not speak English and was an perfect example of what I am trying to get across to you. You have been warned. They are not to be trusted..

  • Ricky says:

    Do you even know what you are talking about? The merger hadn’t taken place back when Trooper Thompson joined the “used to be awesome” NCSHP, as you call it. He was a traditional Trooper who switched over to Motor Carrier Enforcement for a change. Unfortunately, he did make a mistake. He owned up to that mistake when he re-signed from his position.

    Also, have any of you who are bashing him, ever thought he might be going through things in life that propositioned these actions? Sometimes life gets tough. I’m sure a few of you have skeletons in your closet as well. This is something that he will be paying for the rest of his life. If he was a butcher or banker this would have never made the news.

  • Guesttoo says:

    Guess poor Wayne still hasn’t gotten over that; “less than positive” interaction with the po-po when he got busted for driving the overweight log truck with bald tires.

  • Concerned Voter says:

    Are you really seriously having to defend our local law enforcement with facts and stats from a news agency in another state? We all know we have a huge integrity issue around here with our guys in uniform.

    I use to be an investigator with NHSD and a lot of stuff gets swept under the rug. It’s just the way it is. But they are not alone in this practice. Although they have political reasons to more so than WPD does.
    So don’t go and pull out stories from another state to compare that see that agency with 10,000 plus officers has bad apples too.. We know it, but we are nipping at their heals in arrest and conduct unbecoming with our own. And at 8.7% their size.

  • Wayne says:

    Actually I drive a brand new truck! Never drove one over 3 years old! Never been stopped by them rent a cops! I just speak the facts! It is sad that you defend a (rent a cop) LEO for drunk driving! They are supposed to follow the law.. I do.

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