FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Leland Police officer quits amid wrongful arrest claim

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — A Leland Police officer named in a wrongful arrest claim has resigned.

Hank Smith is one of two Leland Police officers Darryl Langley accused of falsely arresting him two years ago. Langley claims they cuffed him in a patrol car while his ex-girlfriend cleaned out his house, including his stuff.

WWAY broke the story Thursday of Langley’s claim, in which he asks for a $100,000 settlement from the town. Five days after a lawyer sent a letter to the town outlining Langley’s claim, Smith quit.

“I don’t have any comment on that other than as far as what hank offered in his resignation letter is he’s moving on to pursue a new chapter in his life,” Town Manager David Hollis said.

In his resignation letter Smith says he was quitting to further his career.

Hollis says he does not know if Smith quit because of Langley’s claim. Hollis says he is not aware of any other major complaints against Smith during his time at the police department.

He says the town is dealing with the incident that happened before Hollis became town manager. He says he has taken it seriously.

“I think those complaints have really dropped in the last year,” Hollis said. “I think we’ve made a lot of strides to get headed in the right direction, and I think we’re moving along that path fairly well now.”

Hollis says the town cannot comment on particulars of the allegations until it consults with its attorney because it is an ongoing legal issue.

The other officer named in the complaint is Andrew Correll. He resigned last year during a suspension following his arrest for allegedly fighting on a downtown Wilmington street.

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