Video details incident involving Chadbourn town manager

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Submitted: Fri, 09/28/2012 - 3:59am
Updated: Fri, 09/28/2012 - 4:15pm

CHADBOURN, NC (WWAY) — It’s been more than 18 months since Chadbourn Town Manager Stevie Cox was charged with impersonating a police officer. Today, we’re finally getting a look at what led to the charge.

Cox was arrested in March 2011 a few days after a Highway Patrol trooper pulled Cox over for speeding in a SUV belonging to Chadbourn’s police chief. Cox was driving back from a meeting in Raleigh, and Chadbourn’s mayor and two members of the town’s ABC Board were in the car with him.

The video shows the SUV pass the trooper on US 74 and Tpr. Walker immediately pull him over.

Click here to watch the full video of the traffic stop

When the trooper walks to the car and asks for the license and registration, it takes Cox a moment to hand over the documents. Cox says a few words inaudible on the recording, and after he hands something to the trooper, leading to this exchange:

Walker: “And where are you a chief at, sir?”
Cox: “In Chadbourn.”
Walker: “In Chadbourn?”
Cox: “Yes.”
Walker: “You a chief in Chadbourn?”
Cox: “I’m not. I’m driving my chief’s car. I’m the town manager”

The trooper than begins admonishing Cox for presenting him with the chief’s badge. Cox immediately begins apologizing, as the trooper tells him he knows the chief in Chadbourn.

Returning to his car, Tpr. Walker tries to call Chadbourn Police Chief Steven Shaw, but is told the chief is out sick. When he can’t reach him on his personal phone, the officer calls a Highway Patrol supervisor. He makes it clear he is upset about what has happened. It is unclear what the supervisor tells him to do, but Walker says what he would like to do.

“You know what I would do personally? I’d put some handcuffs on him and carry him down there to the jailhouse,” Walker said.

After several minutes, Walker returns to Cox and lets him know he’s being cited for driving 78 mph in a 60 mph zone and for his license being expired. He also lets Cox know he plans to talk to Chief Shaw and his supervisors about Cox presenting himself as a police officer, and that he may be contacted later about it. Cox was arrested and charged with the crime a few days later.

Cox’s attorney Butch Pope told WWAY last year Cox handed the trooper the badge because it was mixed in with other documents in the car.

Cox still has not gone to trial on the impersonating an officer charge.


  • Guest2012 says:

    Mr.Waddell running for N.C. House District 46 was with him. Birds of the same feather flock together I always heard. They are all shady and think their above the law just ask their other friend R.C. Soles.

    Chief Cox oops I mean Town Manager Cox tried to get out of something after getting caught lying. I don’t ever apologize for something unless I did wrong. I’m glad the Trooper knew the real chief. I hope he doesn’t get out of this because to many people get away with everything and that is what’s wrong with this world today. When you break the law you should have to pay the price not just get sent home with slap on the wrist. Show us we still have hope Columbus County Courthouse.

  • B M says:

    Is Chadbourn in Rc Soles district? the guy that Brunswick County Dems just gave an award to?

  • Guest2222 says:

    Yes and Stevie Cox will get away with this just like R.C. gets away with everything. That is how Columbus County roles. The same rules should apply for these guys but I guess money talks.

  • Guest2020 says:

    Cox sounds like an idiot. Most police officers know the other officers in the region and they will likely know who the chiefs and sheriffs are so it is rather stupid to try to pass yourself off as an officer from the area.

  • Guest1524 says:

    FYI- Trooper Walker has been transferred to Cumberland County !

  • Guest2654 says:

    And your point is??

  • Guest9743 says:

    Here’s another thought for you….how many police officers, especially police chiefs leave thier badges in their cars. I’m not a police officer and never have been but that seems very odd to me. Maybe, just maybe the badge was a loaner just like the car was loaned to the town manager!! Maybe some police officers can comment on this topic, it could be a very common practice but I don’t think so.

  • NEPender says:

    Well, here’s a thought for the town manager, don’t drive a police department vehicle if you are not a police officer. Really simple, isn’t it?

    And how can once get a police badge miixed up in other documents in the glove compartment? A police badge is made of metal and weighs a larger number of ounces, more than a few pieces of paper.

    If you listen the the town manager’s response, he answered the trooper’s question as he was the Chief. I don’t think this was a misunderstanding, the town manager thought he could get away with it. And then we find out we was cited for 78 in a 60 zone and had ax expired driver’s license? Some town government.

  • Guest56548 says:

    The trooper stated in the video that if it was up to him he would handcuff him and take him to jail…Why didn’t he?? If I had been speeding and did not have a valid driver’s license and on top of all that impersonated a police chief.. I KNOW I would have been taken to the jailhouse!! Just because he is the town manager doesn’t mean crap he should not be above the law.

  • Guest7894 says:

    YEP! He goes to work every day. Those good ‘OL boys stick together in Columbus County just ask R.C. Soles.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    on the town’s payroll?

  • r. lennon says:

    Another classic example of a redneck public servant thinking they are above the law.

  • Guest55555556 says:

    Cox and Shaw both have shown us over the years how unprofessional they are. I think that the town of Chadbourn needs to cut them loose. They are sending a message to everyone how corrupt Columbus County still is.

  • Guest45558 says:

    I agree!! The town would be better off with some new people that really care about the town and that actually have some morals about themselves!

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