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KURE BEACH, NC (WWAY)– The cops pulled him over after spotting him driving with no front tire. Investigators say Charles Holden, son of former Southport Mayor Norman Holden, admitted he had been drinking and was under the influence of prescription drugs. But in May – a New Hanover County judge found him not guilty of driving while impaired. A viewer of ours just brought the case to our attention.

On January 16th 2009, Kure Beach Lieutenant Paul Hubbard responded to a call about an SUV driving on three tires and one rim. Lieutenant Hubbard pulled over Charles Holden. According to Hubbard’s report he immediately detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage on Holden’s breath. Hubbard says Holden’s speech was slurred and his eyes were red and glassy.

Holden performed and failed several field sobriety tests. He was arrested and taken back to the Carolina Beach Police Station. Even though Holden failed the field sobriety tests, which were captured on the police dash cam, when he got back to the station he blew a .06. However, they say alcohol wasn’t the only drug affecting his abilities.

According to the report Holden admitted to taking the prescription drug Lorazapam in addition to drinking. He was aware the drug should not be taken with alcohol and understood he should not drive while taking the drug. He also admitted to being recognized as the “mayor’s son” during a previous DWI arrest in which, the charges were dropped even though he’d consumed alcohol and taken about 14 prescription drugs.

“If you don’t heed those warnings about not operating machinery or not operating motor vehicles and you get behind the wheel of a car, you can injure somebody just as easily as if you had consumed alcohol,” said Lieutenant Paul Hubbard.

Lieutenant Hubbard testified when the case was heard in May. According to witnesses so did Charles Holden’s father Norman, who picked up his son the night of the incident, but Norman, the former Southport Mayor, denied testifying on his son’s behalf.

Judge John Carroll heard the case. Despite Holden admitting to taking the prescription drugs, failing the field sobriety tests, and driving about a mile on the rim of his car, Judge Carroll found Holden not guilty.

We couldn’t reach Charles Holden for comment and Judge Carroll did not return our phone calls.
Holden’s criminal record shows at least three DWI convictions. He’s also been found guilty of communicating threats.



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  • Guest1969

    The numeric refers to the BAC, or Blood Alcohol Content, NOT DWI. Hopefully you’re bright enough to concede that alcohol is not the only thing that can impair someone’s driving. Think about it, Einstein: Would you want to be driving around on public roads with someone who is taking LSD? I seriously doubt it, Dim Bulb. So with that in mind, can you not honestly see that taking drugs of any sort can impair driving?

    Even if .06 is all this case rested on (which it does NOT), how is having this .o6-blowing clown on the roads an acceptable thing? HE FAILED THE FIELD SOBRIETY TESTS. HE WAS DRIVING AROUND ON A RIM. Are you really trying to say those things are okay? Really?? If so, prove it. Take the person you hold nearest and dearest and put them out on foot from midnight to 6 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Because if you don’t think this guy was a hazard, you should have no qualms whatsoever putting your loved one in the target site of drunks and druggies.

  • off the cuff

    Something stinky in Brunswick County courtrooms…..well, I’ll be…shocked…..NOT!!!

    This has been going on for years. I am so surprised that the MADD organization doesn’t get behind these judges and make sure everyone knows their records come election time.

    It could be your family that becomes a victim to these people constantly being “let off” on DWI……..we should all be mad as hell about this. It is a little too late once they have killed or seriously injured someone folks!!!

  • off the cuff

    You need to read the statute about DWI. You can be convicted regardless of what the numbers are.

    § 20‑138.1. Impaired driving.
    (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.
    (a1) A person who has submitted to a chemical analysis of a blood sample, pursuant to G.S. 20‑139.1(d), may use the result in rebuttal as evidence that the person did not have, at a relevant time after driving, an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more.
    (b) Defense Precluded. – The fact that a person charged with violating this section is or has been legally entitled to use alcohol or a drug is not a defense to a charge under this section.
    (b1) Defense Allowed. – Nothing in this section shall preclude a person from asserting that a chemical analysis result is inadmissible pursuant to G.S. 20‑139.1(b2).
    (c) Pleading. – In any prosecution for impaired driving, the pleading is sufficient if it states the time and place of the alleged offense in the usual form and charges that the defendant drove a vehicle on a highway or public vehicular area while subject to an impairing substance.
    (d) Sentencing Hearing and Punishment. – Impaired driving as defined in this section is a misdemeanor. Upon conviction of a defendant of impaired driving, the presiding judge shall hold a sentencing hearing and impose punishment in accordance with G.S. 20‑179.
    (e) Exception. – Notwithstanding the definition of “vehicle” pursuant to G.S. 20‑4.01(49), for purposes of this section the word “vehicle” does not include a horse. (1983, c. 435, s. 24; 1989, c. 711, s. 2; 1993, c. 285, s. 1; 2006‑253, s. 9.)

    Notice there is an “or” between section 1 and 2. That means either could get you convicted.

    Know the law.

  • Guest

    Some of the people that are making comments on here need to look in their own backyards. It would be great if we all lived in a perfect world but unfortunately we don’t. If Norman was hiding Dean behind Easley’s coat tail then why pray tell has he even been convicted of any charges? I am sure if you were to compare the sentences he received on his previous dwi convictions you would probably see that he did not receive any special favors because of who his father is.
    We are all human and make mistakes. Some people make numerous mistakes before they realize they need to change their lives. The important thing to remember is that Dean is not doing the things he used to do. If you were to look at the offense dates on his crimes, you might find that they occurred during a particular period in his life. Why is it so hard to forgive a person for the mistakes they make in life? Thank God when Dean was abusing sentences he was not involved in an accident and injure or kill someone. He has made efforts to change his life before that happened.

    For those criticizing Dean’s father for standing behind him during this rough time of his life, you mean to tell me if your child was in the same situation you would not be there to support your child? Just because a parent supports a child during tough times, does not mean that they like the behavior of their child. Do you not think that going to court with Dean was not embarrassing for Norman? It is a slap in his face. Norman devoted his life to working with people in the criminal justice system trying to help people to change their life. He has to go to court and sit in the same courtrooms in which he dealt with people going thru the very problems that his son is going thru. As a parent, I commend Norman for taking the step to be there for his son. I would think a lot less of him if he did not support Dean. As for as Dean’s mother, a mother loves a child no matter what. They may not agree with what the child has done but they always love them.

    As far as the Oak Island girls making posts on here, you have also went to court with your children. You stood in the very same spot that Dean’s parents have. Did you throw your child to the curb because of their behavior. No you did not. Did your parents kick you or your siblings to the curb? Did you like it when people make degrading comments about your parents and family when your family members were in trouble with the law? I bet not. Give the Holden family a break. As far as Dean is concerned, only time will tell if he has changed his life. If he has, be glad. If he hasn’t, he will have to face his punishment like everyone else.

    Give it a rest. There is one thing for sure, when you go around doing bad to others it will come back to you. Let Dean move on with his life. Hopefully, he will be a better person than he has been the last few years.

  • Guest Observer

    I would bet that most who are criticizing the judge know nothing about the case except what was written here, which is hardly a complete picture. Did the ADA present a good case? Did the police officer present himself well in his testimony, or did he seem confused or disorganized? Did the police take blood samples to find out what drugs were in Holden’s system? Were all the police reports filled out correctly?

    Most DWI’s plead guilty, unless the defense attorney sees something weak in the prosecution’s case. There’s no reason for anyone to automatically assume the judge was incorrect or unethical in his findings. He has to find someone guilty beyond a “reasonable doubt,” not what is “obvious” to a reporter. I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that, but the Monday morning quarterbacks apparently don’t know this.

    I would expect a lot of people dislike judge Caarroll simply because of party affiliation, or maybe they have stood in front of him for some sort of transgression, and he didn’t rule in their favor. I doubt the latter will be inclined to vote.

    By the way, let me know if you decide to walk across the waterway – I’ll be sure to take a few pictures!

  • SurfCityTom

    Republicans were perfect. Were they, I would try to walk across the Intracoastal on my way home.

    Clearly something is out of wack here. Was it the Judge or the Defendant? Or the Police?

    On another note, so many post on here with “inside information” or street gossip.

    I wonder how many of them are registered to vote? And of that number, how many will find time to vote?

  • Guest

    you don’t know him very well…. quit making excuses for this dumba**!!! or maybe you will be the one that he takes out the next time he is on the road drinking and driving and snorting and popping… think about that and stop making excuses for this moron.

  • Guest

    You didn’t volunteer Dean, it was part of your sentencing and failure to comply with it would violate your probation and send you back to jail, Again. So go on and play your good angel game right now, and I pray it works for you this time. But the fact remains, you have been and for a long time, will be, a danger to whoever is in your path. Good Luck.

  • Guestpublicpolicy

    I wish that all of you knew the law before speaking on it…The law changed to DWI so that it would cover exactly these types of cases…Driving While Impaired…While Impaired is the key…how many things out there in the world make a driver impaired…Benadryl, NyQuil…being sleepy…all are examples of being impaired and having your faculties impaired enough to be charged with this crime…the fact that this driver registered a .06 on the Intoxilyzer is just a piece of evidence, just as the report, the officer’s observations, the speech, the eyes, the odor, and the performance on a field sobriety test. Just based upon the story presented here, I find it amazing that he was found not guilty, but the presumed way of thinking for most judges and lawyers is that if you do not register a .08 or greater then you are not guilty of DWI when in fact that is wrong. Someone high on cocaine will register .00 on a breath test but I don’t believe anyone will argue that the person is not impaired.

  • Guest

    Why didn’t they put him in jail???? Why did the cop “let him go”??? Ask the magistrate! It’s not up to the officer to “put him in jail”. The officer presents the defendant before the magistrate and the magistrate alone decides upon release or confinement. If the officer “after observing Holden must have thought he was sober”, he wouldn’t have arrested him! IDIOT! The fact that Holden “completed all his requirements and paid all the fines” of his previous DWI’s is not revelant. The law is clear on previous DWI’s. The fact he complied with the court’s orders and judgements has nothing to do with the fact that he committed the crime again for his FOURTH time!

  • Guest

    I wonder if you would be spouting off about “alcohol disease” and blah blah blah if he had crashed into your family’s car that night resulting in the death of YOUR family member???? This is his fourth DWI. I agree with you that we should have compassion where possible but this is his FOURTH DWI. At what point do you and your liberal buddies say enough is enough? Probably not until you lose a loved one. Unfortunate. Liberalism is what is bring this country down. That is why crime is rampant and people commit crimes and walk free, so they can commit yet another crime. You’ll be on the receiving end one day and then it will be too late.

    By the way, you say it’s old news? Really? DWI’s sometimes takes many months to actually be tried due to continuance by the defendant’s attorney. May not be old news after all!!

  • Guest

    This a shot at Judge Carroll not Mr. Holden.. Mr. Holden used his attorney to present the evidence. Plus if your on Probation for DWI you can’t drink or drug they are drug tested right often and he don’t have drivers license he can’t drive. And per the law if he has 3 DWI convections he can’t get his licenses back for a couple of years. So, you don’t have to worry about this guy driving around.. On the other arrest I don’t know much about it but most likely it won’t be heard by these set of DA’s. Brunswick County has two guys running. One thing happens at election time such as all the Oak Island arrest. The people going out will turn over and continue everything so the new DA will have to handle this. Every elected offical does this. If you are leaving your position, what do you care to turn over to the next set of DA’s..

  • Guest

    Very well put counseler.

  • Guest


    A felony conviction on this one will ensure violation of his probation. I am thinking about starting a collection to get him a soap on the rope just in time for Christmas at NCDOC. any donations?

  • Guest

    The only thing that is two years old is the charge, It was continued and continued and contined until his attorney got the right judge to see it HIS way. Money well spent from the holden family if you ask me.

  • Guest

    Mr. Holden volunteered to go to Walter B. Jones Rhab in Apirl 2010
    where he received counseling, trigger points, and coping skills.
    He return home with a 1 year recovery plan. Which includes counceling and attending meetings. and he was placed on Naltrexone anti alcohol med.
    He returned with his plan in place and follows the guidelines of the plan.
    Then he went to court for the other DWI’s and plead guilty.
    Mr. Holden has already completed all required DWI classes
    Mr. Holden has to Attend AA meetings in which he does
    Mr. Holden has already paid all his fines
    Mr. Holden is on probation and is monitored by his PO
    and is tested randomly.
    He cannot drink any alcohol while on PO and in addition he would get sick due to the Med for drinking he is on..
    Mr Holden has not drank any alcohol since March of 2010.
    Mr. Holden cannot drive no license

    The most import things he said he learned… was to change people ,places and things….In which as a good friend of his he has done all of this…..

    People in Brunwick county do not know what is available to them. and to where these people that need help don’t get.

    The BIGGEST thing Mr. Holden had to do was to decide on his own to do it….He now has about 7 months sober. You have got to start and make the decision to do it……Mr. Holden has and in a continuing recovery plan…That his councelor, from his rehab, gave him to follow….

    …He’s done really well since March 2010, before that yes but you have to I am going to do this and Just Do It…7 months sober is a hell of a start…

  • Guest

    Thump is calling out Judge as POS? but then describing where the cops live? Hmmmmm .

  • Guest

    I’m very surprised you didn’t bother to sign this yourself, Dean. I just hope I’m not on the road, with my family in the car with me the next time you decide to see how many pills you can pour down your throat before chasing it with countless beers.

  • Guest

    He’s admitted everything and your not saying nothing he hasn’t said. He told the truth like I posted last night. He appeared to be the best person for a law officer to pull over at 2am. He was calm didn’t resist he told the the truth.

    But did you notice the first topic today…This is two different people in this video…watch it one has a dark jacket on and they don’t show his face and in another shot he has on a cream light colored jacket on and they show his face…both appear to be handcuff…

  • guesty

    Wilmington Police Department, Carolina Police Department and New Hanover Sheriff’s Department all allow some officers to drive home patrol cars. It isn’t something special only for Kure Beach officers. As soon as they are in the cars on the way to work they are available for calls unlike officers that drive their personal vehicles.

  • Guest Observer

    I love it Tom – you are actually hoping Carroll gets voted out? Carroll is a Republican. So you’ll vote for his Democrat challenger?

    I used to work in the criminal justice system, although it has been a couple of years. Carroll was definitely not the judge that “judge shopping” attorneys wanted hearing their cases. If Judge Carroll found the guy not guilty, there must have been some compelling reason. Judge Carroll is an honorable man, and is a reservist who served in the JAG court when called to duty.

  • Guest

    Yet ANOTHER example of how flawed our judicial system is. They make a law then another law to cover that one and then another to cover the last one, then another, another, another. We are in a state of disgrace and it only gets worse. No responsibility for your crimes. Excuses, laws, excuses, laws. . . get the point????

  • GuestKA

    So, how do you explain the DWI’s for 2009 and 2010? And the assault on a female and the other offenses within the last two years? Exactly when did this angel decide to turn his life around. Yesterday?

  • Thump

    And lets not forget that judge Carroll is a notorious harda** when it comes to EVERYONE else. If anyone reading this is scheduled to appear before this corrupt POS anytime soon I suggest you bring a printout of this article and ask for the same “deal”. Can anyone say “contempt of court”?

  • Thump

    “Very expensive houses”… I would like to add that most of these cops don’t even live on the beach, but get to take the cruiser to and from work on the taxpayers’ gas card. Any KB cops in Wood’s Edge (Monkey Junction), Magnolia Greens (Leland), or Gordon Woods (Ogden) know what I’m talking about? How about the CBPD SUV I see southbound on river road every morning at 630? I’m taking notes, and taking pictures…

  • Guest

    Even though driving is a PRIVLEDGE,not a RIGHT, under NC law, they can’t take his license until a court takes it, and that sucks. If you are angry about this, write your elected officials who write and pass these “laws” and tell them it is time for a change in these laws. If they don’t listen, I urge you to go to the polls and vote them out.

  • Guest78

    Respect the judges’ decision! as usual, WWAY, stir it up.

  • Das Weibstück

    The American Medical Association declared alcoholism was an illness in 1956. In 1991 they AMA endorsed the classification of alcoholism by the International Classification of Diseases under both psychiatric and medical sections.

    Alcoholism is 50-60% genetically determined, passed through generations. Alcoholism is a chronic, life-long disease. In all cases, the patient is never able to regain the ability to drink in moderation….. but, the disease theory is often interpreted as implying that problem drinkers are incapable of returning to controlled drinking and therefore that treatment should focus on total abstinence. Some critics have used evidence of problem drinkers returning to controlled drinking to dispute the disease theory.

    Depends who you ask.

  • Guest Bill Brasky

    The determination of whether or not alcoholism is a disease is a liberal/conservative issue? I would say that’s a decision for medical professionals, not politicians.

    As far as “getting much too liberal with lawbreakers”, keep in mind that Judge Carroll is a Republican.

  • Corey Anne Rotella

    The liberals didn’t name alcholism a disease. The American Medical Association did. In 1956. Alcoholism is a chronic and progressive disease. And it has been clinically shown that the body of an alcoholic metabolizes alcohol differently than a non alcoholic. It affects their thinking, their body processes. What makes a person alcoholic is not how much they drink, but what happens when they consume alcohol. There is help out there for those who seek it and often live full, healthy and normal lives in recovery. To blame alcoholism on liberals is absurd.

  • Guest

    Bending the elbow and pouring alcoholic beverages into your mouth is a disease. Way too liberal. Let’s not use this as an excuse for lack of self-control. It is a choice that people make. The body craves alcohol and people with no self control pour it down and say it is a “disease”. If the liberals label it a disease, it is a self-imposed “disease”, like obesity. The body gets used to its allocation of alcohol and when it doesn’t get it, it craves it. That is not a disease. It is a self-imposed habit.

    We people in this country need to quit giving alcoholics an out by calling it a “disease”. IMO, we are getting much too liberal with law breakers.

  • Obviously, some people love to believe that officials in highly visible positions regularly engage in misconduct, when they are bound by certain rules and follow those rules. In every criminal case, a defendant is entitled to have the State prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt before he is convicted. This applies regardless of the seriousness of the offense or the public outcry that may occur as a result of that verdict that does not make sense to those who are not familiar with the law.

    Mr. Holden exercised his right to have the State prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Although some seem concerned about the contents of a police report, most are not aware that the entire report is not admissible into evidence nor was it admitted into evidence at trial. The fact that Mr. Holden had previously appeared driving convictions was similarly not admissible under the North Carolina rules of evidence, and the court was properly not privy to that information.

    If the State were to rely on the theory that Mr. Holden had consumed controlled substances that affected him, the State would be required to present evidence as to the effects of any controlled substance which they contended Mr. Holden had consumed. The State did not do so. The only evidence before the court was Mr. Holden’s physical condition, which were affected by the fact that he has a damaged knee that affects his ability to walk. He also suffers from other health problems that affect his physical faculties. His blood-alcohol concentration was less than the legal limit.

    The court, because of the lack of evidence, found Mr. Holden not guilty. In doing so, the court was granting Mr. Holden his constitutional right and constitutional right of every citizen to have the State prove his guilt of a criminal offense before he is convicted.

    In entering his verdict, Judge Carroll made an appropriate decision, probably knowing of the public criticism that could result. For him to make such a decision based on the facts and the law, rather than being swayed by the risk of criticism is highly indicative of his character and his fitness for his office. It is so easy to second-guess a judge and criticize him when you do not have the opportunity to see the evidence that he saw, and you do not understand the requirements of the law.

  • Guest

    Honey just look to your Chief of Police for all the answers, He’s THA MAN ! Ask him for his officers salaries too! Inquiring minds wanna know how such a small town gets their funding for so many officers ??

  • Guest Observer

    Where are all the people who would usually be screaming about how our liberal judicial system is soft on criminals? Oh, wait…I forgot. Judge Carroll is a Republican. Funny how when a Democrat does something you don’t like, you rail about how bad liberals are. But when a Republican does something you don’t like, you leave politics out of it…

  • Guest

    You should know all about Karma, You have been slapped with it so many times and will get it again, You have a paper trail the lengh of Oak Island on arrests. You live a depressed life and nothing can make you happy but cutting everybody down… By posting these lies…
    Remember big brother is watching…..haha

  • Cheryl

    Check your facts. Pretty simple really, look at a map. Kure Beach is in New Hanover County not Brunswick.

  • Guest Bill Brasky

    This was New Hanover County, not Brunswick County.

  • Guest

    How funny you say that, I dont have a record, I dont really care who watches, and there really isn’t to much to lie about, its all there, like you, in black and white. I like that “Howe’s my driving” sticker on the bumper, thats a riot!

  • Guest84

    Completely IGNORANT statement. Maybe you should brush up on DWI law before you become so EMPHATIC on here.

  • Guest

    Cases pop up from the McGuinness Law Firm . I’d think about filing suit if I were the Fire Chief, they have harassed that guy to NO end for months now.

  • Guest

    Mr. Holden has been thru Rehab and counseling, and class and has complete all of them and paid his fines and jail time.

    THIS IS TWO YRS OLD >>>>come on people..this is old as dirt and the problem has been corrected…He’s has no licenses ..

    People reding this today dont have a clue of what happen two yrs ago. and how far he has come…I know he hasn;t dram
    nk in 8 months and they have remove his scripts that was needed for his heart condition..He takes only blood pressure meds.

  • Guest

    Mr. Holden knows who is doing these things to him and I know the Brunswick county people stirring this stuff they are very unhappy people and some have charges against them and some have many charges against them and one has 10 dismisals in our wonderful court system. I know this person personally and the go about doing their own thing which is just sitting back and stabbing people in the back, they are living a very said life. Mr Holden knows the New Hanover poeple also…Some of this is caused by election date coming up.

    I wish Mr. Holden would post to defend himself but he stated that he was a better MAN and would not and will not get involved. He’s been very positive and hes got so many wity sayings ” They can’t eat you” so what THEY gonna do, nothing…This thing is sooo old..

    ..There appears to be a leak in WWAY station and things are coming out from someone who knows someone there is talking somewhat.. from what I’m hearing..Peoples names are coming out who turned this in..

    Mr. Holden knows who’s doing this and elects not to respond. He a person that has changed sooo much its unreal.
    I’ve known him along time, when he knows he’s write don’t get in his way….And he knows hes right… right now, but not going to react to it. As per him and knowing the lord their time will come and he stated he will get a recliner and 6 pack of Mountian Dew and enjoy the show…LOL

    He texed me and said to thank everyone that is supporting him and he said you really know who are your fiends when things get rough.

    As he said “The lord will take care of him and the Karma will take them” hes a very shape wity person. Real smart and understands what going on and thats why he turn to God, rehab, couseling and anti alcohol meds..He can’t drink no more…

    He really made a wonderful turn around…His father gave him some great advice while he was having his problems and it came from a book
    you have three Choices..You can get help and turn you life around, you can go to jail or you can kill yourself…Thats the bottom line…I am glad he took the first choice….

  • Guest

    I see this is in ” Kure Beach ” known for extreme cruelty & vicious lies. Go talk to the senior citizen that they maliciously charged with DWI & accused her of not blowing HARD enough in the breath machine when it said ZERO point ZERO several times that she blew into it. The speed limit is 25 ? That guy could plow me over on that busted tire! Somethings up down there, the cops live in very very expensive houses.

  • guesty

    Yea, he is great.

  • Guest

    Mr. Holden has completed rehab at Walter B. Jones, counseling, DWI classes and he has competely turn his life around. Mr. Holden has no Driver licenses……He has completely trurned his life around and he continues to go to meeting..

    NOTE: THIS IS TWO YEARS OLD.. He HAS changed his life …

    Great person had a really bad time 2yrs with a a divorce , Open heart surgery..

  • Guest

    The Officer Paul Hubbard needs educating on THE LAW. DWI is Point Zero Eight or .08. That’s the LAW. This case is .06. Is any Judge allowed to bend the LAW so that it suits the Kure Beach Police Department ? I don’t think so.

  • KureBeachCitizen

    Did the prosecutor’s office error or is there more to this story?

  • okilocal

    Mr. Holden’s record appears to be a little more than what is reported here… assault on a female? resisting arrest?


    And now Mr. Holden faces a felony charge for threatening an offical from the court system too?


    I suppose the only thing that is more interesting than all of the domestic violence protective orders filed against him, would be all of the DWI’s that Judge Marion Warren dropped against the former Mayors son. I have to wonder if any of this could be linked to Brunswick ADA Erin Holden? I always wondered what that smell is at lowtide at Waterfront park.

  • fost6586

    It’s all in who you know…Judge Carroll should give us the reasons for the not guilty verdict… after he works for us…
    keep pressing this WWAYTV3.com..
    your reporting seem to get answers…

  • Grand Ole Party

    If this guy kills someone driving around drunk, let’s hope the judge goes first.

  • radar

    It is clearly evident that Charles Holden is a CHRONIC driving while impaired offender , who has not learned his lesson . Local enforcement has done their job only to be betrayed by Judge John Carroll. Given that he is a chronic offender , there is a very high probability this man could kill someone or be involved in a serious accident with innocent people. Future actions by this man will be reflected back upon the judge.There WILL be future incidents because Mr. Holden has poor judgement and appears not to be making an effort to straighten his life out. Whom ever your father may be in life does not excuse your behavior or accountability. If you want to be the ” Otis Campbell ” of your community maybe your father can work out an arrangement with the police chief of Southport. As for Judge John Carroll , in all honsety when I step into the voting booth to vote for judges , seldom do I have enough background information to make an informed decision. When you have a case that reflects poor decision making , it leaves a lasting impression with me and makes my decision easier through a process of elimination !

  • SurfCityTom

    his father is a “Former” Mayor is not a significant issue.

    The fact the Gentleman had 3 prior DWI convictions is a very significant issue. Regardless of the time frame during which these 3 convictions were obtained, he clearly has no concern about drinking & driving.

    So he gets pulled over when he’s driving on 3 tires & a wheel rim. Fails field sobriety tests. Admits drinking & using a prescription drug which should not be used with alcohol.

    And the end result is a free walk.

    Voters should remember and consider this when Judge Carroll next stands for re-election.

    The Senate & House members should be blasted with emails and letters calling for stronger DWI legislation in an attempt to get folks like this, the Dairy Queen DWI receipient, and the Wrightsville Beach huffer off the road for a long tine.

  • Lisa C.

    I know this guy and he’s really not a bad person and he is very successful Person. He has come a long way in a couple of years. A super person while growing up..He has been through hell the last two yrs and has not stopped him from completely turning his life around. I know both sides of the story and how it all happen but you will not let him defend himself is pretty low to take a story and not review it. Who are you to question the Judge when you don’t have all the facts and of course the police are upset because they lost the case.
    Thats why you and I live in america so we can get a fair trial for everyone. Mr. Holden had a good defense with plenty of evidence. You havn’t said one thing about the defenses evidence..You heard a policeman that did not follow procedure. He let Mr. Holden go with his drivers licenses in hand ..If the officer really thought that he had a DWI person. Should he let him out the door with his drivers licenses and he could have driven home. The officer made a number of mistakes his van had GPS on it and was verified by his company Manager he stopped three times. All simplex Grinnell vans have GPS.. Mr. Holden stopped three times to check his right front tire after he hit a patch of ice and slid into the curb, temperture was 23 degrees and Mr. Holden had no where to stop on hard ground to use a jack. So he stopped the van 3 times checking the tire. And could not find a hard place to stop to put a jack down to support the van..

    Mr. Holden is a person today to be admired going to meetings, couseling and attending Walter B. Jones.

    I think your station should take his side of the story and use it as a model on how to return to a better life.
    Give the guy a break this has been two years and we all know of a couple people thats behind this…They are trying to get him to respond in a negative manner..From talking to him. He’s just says I can’t believe a TV station would put this on the air not knowing the whole set of facts..
    ….. Evidence was GPS( van stopping) three times, Officer letting him walk out the door with his license, two medical conditions one affecting his walking. He has a bad knee and walks with a slight limp, Mr. Holden has a strong southern acsent a slow speaker and in the state of north carolina with our southern slang we cannot be held at fault for our slurring speech, He had all his medical records from his doctor that did surgery on his knee. He can’t walk a staight line much less on a rolling curb. And at 23 degrees…

    From talking to him he says it don’t bother him and it appears he’s letting go. It’s two years old everything that had to be done has been done…He has paid his dues and he’s a much stronger and better person.

  • thomas gay

    Stunned once again by the outright corruption in Brunswick County’s judicial system! Call out this idiot and label him for what he is, either an incompetent or blatantly corrupt. Please keep this story alive like the Oak Island Fire Chief…show everyone once again why your news organization is the best in Wilmington.

  • Guest

    So….. If/when young Mr. Holden is involved in a wreck where someone (other than him of course) is killed or injured, will Judge Carrol be held accountable? Will his action or lack of action be reviewed by the NC Bar Association or the NC Attorney General? Would the victim’s family be able to file suit against Holden and Carrol? Perhaps there is a legal technicality but this guy is three for three.

  • Citizen 123

    I gotta get me one of those. There’s obviously nothing like a former mayor as a dad to keep my backside out of trouble.

    Personally, I don’t know who should be more embarrassed, the son, the Dad, or the Judicial System. Pathetic.

  • Guest

    I spoke to Mr. Holden this evening and he said he hadn’t really paid it any atention. It don’t have anything to do with him he stated. My case is over. This is a get back at someone type of thing he stated and must be a lot of jealousy. He stated he took his evidence to court and his attoreny presented to the judge and the DA, with statements from a hospital and a doctor, that stated he had open heart surgery and walks with a limb do to a torn ACL, an old basketball injury.. It was almost two years ago and since then he has turned his life around do to a strong family and friends support. He stated he has completed everything the state has given him in only a couple months.
    He stated this is water under the bridge and he had bigger fish to fry. He stated he is so use to the public stuff after being around it almost all his life, it don’t phase him. He stated which thought about for awhile but it really made sense. He’s just a small town guy and they just now talking about this stuff that happened years ago. He said dang I must be pretty popular. 2 years and still bringing it up…
    He said laughing “Lovin Every Minute of It”

  • Guest

    Karma sucks dont it? Was that a company truck you were driving? Thank god it wasn’t the company truck from Progress Energy when you were an engineer at the nuke plant… Oh well, your daddy obviously cant hide you behind Easley anymore. have fun with that felony charge in November too…



  • Guest

    Mr. Holden did everything you would expect and respect for stepping up and admitting everything. What else you want out of this person. He did everything asked and answered all questions when address. This person was a cops dream to pull after midnight, telling the truth. He must have not been that drunk if he was so straight and talking to the officers, sounds like MR. Holden was not under the infuence by cooperating with the Kure Beach Police department. I understand there is more evidence for the defendant that is not being told . He has no ACL in his left leg and tore it a few years ago and the Hospital and the Doctors reports were used as evidence. He walks with a gait this caused by a loss of an ACL in the left knee. Or walk with a slight limp. He can’t walk a straight line heel to toe right now. I know who Mr. Holden is and the past 8 months or so he’s been a different person and a very good person. I had heard he had open heart surgery and knew he had just went through a divorce. I have heard he has finished all his required classes, jail time, paid fines. In a record amount of time.

  • Guest461

    …we simply need to enforce the laws we already have and have had for years.

    No rocket science here.

    I have advocated the punishment of removing the hands and feet at the nearest joint after the 2nd DWI conviction. This method will insure drunks don’t drive again. It is PROVEN clearly that the laws are no deterrent! Why make more useless legislation that is ineffective?

  • UNCW employee

    This all started when Officer Hubbard let the man Walk out the door with driver license. The Kure Beach Polive Department did not do there job….

    They should have taken his licenses then and he would have had to wait 30 days to get them back.

    I hope I’m right from reading the whole board Mr. Holden seems to have his life turned in the right direction and has continued and completed everthing to turn his life around..
    I know that Mr. Holden has 3 DWI’s that he plead guilty to . No Judge decision made in Brunswick County.. He stepped up like a man, admitted he had a problem and is in the process of recovery..

    WE need to look at alcohol addition and try an understand what causes it..It’s a desease, Putting someone in jail does help but as someone suggest get a Christian Judge or another Judge. They should know that putting someone in jail does not help near as much as a rehab center and couseling and anti alcohol drugs..These people need support because something is causing a trigger for an addict to go looking to drink or drug…From reading this not knowing the person. Sounds like from around 45 years old he had a ton of stress.
    With all these triggers and no proper coping skills these people get an out drinking and drugging…

    By reading this board he was turned in on an OLD CHARGE by someone trying to get back at him or the Judge. Some of these comments are so uncalled for that is easy to figure out the people who are doing this to a man far into his recovery plan.
    And By reading this sounds like this guy has done all the proper things he should have done to turn his life around.
    I can tell if ths comments are correct he his using his coping skills he would have learned in Rehab…

    I know I’d be over at WWAY speaking to there Manager asking why not all the question been asked and why he has not been given a right to speak.

    This is very Flaky story. There is a lot of behind the scenes thing going on here ..This is not just a court item. It’s much bigger..
    I mean this was two years ago…election coming up, people are jealous he’s turned his life around and trying to keep strirring stuff up……

    Leave the man alone he has paid his dues and taken control and did something about..

    Why in our life someone has something that is just not write and had been a perfect person up to age 45…WE want to beat them down…They need support and help..

    Mr. Holden if he has done all these things and YES WWAY go pull copies of what he has completed and get your facts right before commiting deframation of Character on a person..

    Sounds like Mr. Holden is an intellegent man by understanding his conditions and doing something about it…

    Man I pray for you and pray you stay alcohol free…Grat JOb you are doing….Thank the lord you stepped up and admitted this you could have hurt some…

    The lord is watching over you and I an sure he grabbed your attention for you to volunteer to go rehab, counseling, and your DWI classes…
    Yes as someone said in another post. We hear the failures and want to beat them up before find out the root cause and attempt to correct them.
    This is a human beings life you preach you want a Christian Judge he would have to forgive this person by being a Christian..

    Why can’t the others forgive a person…THey are the ones that need to look in the mirror every morning and ask what positive to my life I can add to it….Help someone in need…
    I’ll be the first to tell looking at these comments we have some sick people out their, they will need a fire suit in the very near future for treating one of gods children like this. They better put a drop cord in their casket and prays it hangs up on their way down to hell..thats where they are going if they don’t change….. and it’s not Mr. Holdens problem to worry about…

  • Guest

    Correctt. The law is .08 and if Mr. Holden blew .06 he is not legally drunk. However, in combination with drugs (perscription or otherwise) is he “under the influence”?
    And driving on three tires and a rim? Perhaps Officer Hubbard considered this to not be in the best interest of public safety and Mr. Holden’s as well.

  • Guest

    yes ..officer let him leave with license in hand, he could have driven home
    Torn acl walks with a limp
    open heart surgery….Doctor’s notes for both conditons..
    GPS on company van with hard core evidence of him stopping 3 times.
    Judge Carroll had to dismiss it or it would have gone to an appeal due to all the evidence the defense had…

    He did have a dang good Attorney!! But the hard core evidence he had was so good…

    OH and it’s election time!!!!!
    Marion Warren did not release him he plead guilty and does not have license now . He was not released from no DWI’s in Brunswick County.
    He completed all classes and attends couciling and been to Walter B. Jones… and has paid all his fines…

  • Guest

    =Ok ..#1 why would officer Hubbard let Mr. Holden out of the police office with drivers license in hand if he was driving under the influnece.
    =Mr. Holden could have walked and drove home….
    This is a shot at the Judge but the root cause is the offier after obsevring Mr. Holden must of thought he was sober.
    -So,why didn’t they put him in jail, they didn’t even put him in jail that night he was released in about 2hrs with drivers license.
    – Mr. Holdens other DWI’s he plead guilty to those and he has completed all his requirments and paid all the fines..

    NUMBER the cop let him go and noe of us were there so the cop new he was sober and let him leave with his drivers license and not even put in a jail

  • Guestavule

    Mr. Holden should get off alcohol pronto. If he continues to drink and drive, there will be dire consequencies for someone, somewhere.

    And will his dad and the judge clean up the mess Mr. Holden has left behind?

    Undisciplined, reckless people always create messes for others to clean up, while they go on their merry way.

    I am soooooooo sick of the damage alcohol is doing. Time for stronger DUI laws.

    Let’s do for alcohol what has been done to cigarette smoking. CURTAIL IT DRASTICALLY!

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