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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The story we broke last week involving a Raleigh couple and two Highway Patrol troopers from New Hanover County continues to develop. Tonight, we have obtained more video from that night when Gina and Hoyt Tessener claim they were intimidated and mistreated.

This whole story broke when Hoyt Tessener wrote a long letter to Gov. Bev Perdue detailing what he and his wife allegedly went through on June 21 into June 22. In that letter they accuse two troopers of crossing the line and even said the magistrate who dropped Gina Tessener’s charge was rude and threatening.

There is no audio in this video that shows Gina speaking to Magistrate Edward Gibson early on June 22.

There is audio in another video that shows Tpr. Edward Wyrick and Tessener bickering about what to do next after the magistrate released her.

The Tesseners say Wyrick wanted to drive Gina to the front of the building, but Gina did not want to go into the car because she was afraid of the trooper. That’s why Gina asked for her phone to call her husband.

The Tesseners claim that once outside Tpr. Wyrick tried to strong-arm Gina into the car with him.

The Highway Patrol says the internal investigation continues into Wyrick and Tpr. Andrew Smith, who the Tesseners claim Wyrick had pull over Hoyt Tessener as Hoyt tried to follow Wyrick and Gina from the Wrightsville Beach Police Department to the New Hanover County Jail. The Highway Patrol expects to wrap up the investigation soon.

We called Hoyt Tessener today for comment about this video and other information we’ve uncovered, but have not heard back from him


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  • Get it Right

    I can tell, and it is evident, that your are part of the same Blue Fraternity. Along with this POS Trooper. The fact you are defending him, implies you are of the same family. Shame on you, shame on your Barracks.

    Truth be told, custodians of the law, should be held to a higher accountability. If you hold any Position, in which you can manipulate the Law, and found doing so. Your punishment should be 4x that of a civilian. The rationalization of these events, is sickening.

    Ask yourself this,
    1. On board Video… where is it ?
    Lets see the FST.

    2. What has happened to the audio?

    3. If it was thought to be believed, she had something else onboard, follow protocol, and have
    blood work done.

    She should not have been arrested in the first place.


    ” Evidently, as we have seen through the rest of this story, our Mrs. believed that she was too good for this “standard” treatment as well, and she didn’t feel “safe” with this trooper that acted very professionally according to video…whatever…”

    Are you just plane stupid?
    ” The Trooper acted very professional” ? WTF
    He arrested an INNOCENT WOMEN. I don’t care how upset she was after that, she had every right.

  • Guest421

    Um….no, it proved that he did NOT make contact, as he said. He sent the text in the jail and the next communication was after the lawyer was pulled, just as the trooper said.

    What was it you were talking about?

  • Guest421

    As far as the trooper wanting her to go with him: The jail part of the sheriff’s dept. is at the back of the facility, clearly posted no trespassing and authorized personnel only (this is common and is due to security concerns of the hundreds of inmates inside the jail). The front waiting area is almost completely around to the other side of the facility and cannot be seen from the entrance to the jail, and the area between the two is restricted. And remember it is around 1am and dark…and the jail is in a secluded swampy area.

    When an officer brings a prisoner he parks in a Sally Port, a secured bay that is enclosed by a gate in front and back that is only opened upon request by the jail’s central control desk.

    Once inside the gate shuts closed to keep a prisoner from escaping. None of the doors into the jail or out of the Sally Port can be opened by anyone other than the jail’s central control desk, and they will only grant that when requested by a law enforcement officer they can see on video.

    When a prisoner is released back to an arresting officer, they are escorted back through the door into the parking area by an officer, placed in a patrol car (front or back, but not cuffed) and only after everyone is secure in the vehicle will the gate open for the car to leave. It cannot open if other officers are still in the Sally Port moving prisoners around. After leaving the officer takes the released person to wherever, within reason, they want to go.

    Evidently, as we have seen through the rest of this story, our Mrs. believed that she was too good for this “standard” treatment as well, and she didn’t feel “safe” with this trooper that acted very professionally according to video…whatever…

  • passinthru

    The trooper sure was insistent about trying to get her in the car. What’s up with that? Also I never heard what the probable cause was for stopping her in the first place. I think pretty blonde might be fast eddie’s probable cause.

  • Guest1950

    well said. Goolsby made a complete fool of himself by prematurely taking a position–a reasonable person knows to wait until all the information is in. Someone on Goolsby’s staff should inform he that he really laid an egg on this one.

  • SurfCityTom

    for once we agree. In watching the video, the Magistrate is the most angry appearing and most animated. The trooper actually walked away; and maybe that was intentional.

    History can repeat itself. The Watergate break-in, itself, did not cause former President Nixon and all of his staff members to resign. It was the after break-in lying and coverup which caused most of them to walk the plank. Same could be true here on both sides of the aisle.

  • GuestWILM

    Perhaps WWAY could do a story to remind Senator Goolsby what public office he was elected to serve.

    YOU ARE A STATE SENATOR … you are not the local booking agent for the Wilmington Convention Center and YOU ARE NOT an internal affairs investigator for the highway patrol.


    Now, if you were a smart state senator you would have refrained from making any public statements until the Highway Patrol had properly completed their investigation and presented their findings of fact to the Colonel of the highway patrol.

    I think Governor Perdue was clear when she stated, ““The policy of this administration is zero tolerance for unacceptable behavior.” “The Secretary of Crime Control and Public Safety and the Colonel of the Highway Patrol will take appropriate action upon completion of their investigation.”

    Today, even prior to the completion of their due process investigation the highway patrol has released chat transcripts between the two troopers that contains foul language and the threat of inappropriate behavior. And Mr. Senator, if the foul language isn’t inappropriate enough for you – Trooper Wyrick LIED when he stated, “”I never made contact with Trooper Smith while en route to the jail until after I verified he stopped her husband.” The recently released transcript proves otherwise.

    Again, I think someone should remind NC State SENATOR Goolsby of the position he holds and the authority he has been given to represent the people – equally, impartially and fairly. This position DOES NOT give him authority to run local venues or the government of the entire state.

  • Ziggy

    A clearly angry Trooper Wyrick giving Ms. 0.00 a stern talking to, and

    A clearly angry Magistrate Judge giving Ms. 0.00 a stern talking to, and

    Texts between the two Troopers making it clear they were gonna show this couple, who had the nerve to not be intoxicated and not kiss the trooper’s @#* the way he wanted.

  • Guest81

    Up until now, I have pretty much sided with the troopers. After viewing the video on tonight’s news, I have somewhat changed my mind. Officer Wyrick seemed far too persistent. The woman was free to go…let her do so, let her call her husband. She did not want or need any further “service” from the officer.

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