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3 NC law officers fired for off-duty trooper stop


RALEIGH, N.C. -- A North Carolina state trooper and two local police officers have been fired after the off-duty trooper was pulled over for possible impaired driving but wasn't charged.

The Department of Crime Control and Public Safety said on Thursday patrol Capt. James Williams Jr. was dismissed for personal conduct violations. Butner Public Safety Capt. Walter Williams and Lt. Daniel Parrott also were dismissed.

Audio tapes released to media outlets recorded Parrott pulling over a swerving motorist on Interstate 85 early April 3 who turned out to be the trooper. Parrott called Walter Williams to the scene. The Butner officers took the trooper to a hotel.

Internal investigations followed. Butner Public Safety is a state unit that provides contract police services to the town.

The officers can appeal their firings.

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