BRUNSWICK COUNTY -- Newly appointed Boiling Spring Lakes Police Chief Emmett Ballree has 22 years of service under his belt from the Mount Olive Police Department, but that could all come to an end in just two weeks. Ballree has been under investigation from the North Carolina Training & Standards Division for allegedly using the town of Mount Olive's credit card to gas up his own car. The division has looked into the allegations against Ballree. On May 29, a Probable Cause Comittee will reveal its evidence to Ballree in a special meeting in Apex. We spoke with Ballree Wednesday afternoon, and he says he did use the credit card, but it was for business purposes only. Ballree told us he plans to prove that to the committee. He also released this statement exclusively to NewsChannel 3. "I feel confident that the committee, after hearing my answers to the allegations, will rule in my favor and determine that no violation of law or code was committed." He also goes on to say that he hopes the final results will put to rest any speculation of wrong doing. If the Probable Cause Committee finds that Ballree violated the rules, he will lose his certification as Boiling Spring Lakes Police Chief.
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