In North Carolina and elsewhere, people tend to hold law enforcement officers to a higher standard than civilians. Sworn to uphold the law, police officers should be an example to others, not only in their professional lives but their personal lives as well. Because of that, it can be disheartening to learn of a police officer breaking the law, but that may have been what happened to one police officer in the Queen City recently.
Details concerning crash and ultimate arrest
Sometime in the morning of Friday, March 11, a female officer with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department was off duty and driving her personal vehicle. For reasons not fully explained, she apparently crashed her car into a road sign near the 7100 block of Robinson Church Road. No word was given as to whether the officer was injured in the crash.
Responding officers to the scene immediately suspected impairment. They contacted the DWI Task Force, which came to the scene to investigate. The woman’s supervisor was notified of the incident, and the officer was arrested under suspicion of DWI.
Right to defense
The report did not specify why officers suspected the woman to be under the influence while driving, leading to the crash. Also, no word was given as to any tests or procedures conducted at the scene to lead to the arrest, but the woman is being investigated by internal affairs at the department. As such, she will want to work closely with an experienced criminal defense attorney in North Carolina to help her fight the charges against her and obtain the most favorable outcome possible, considering the circumstances.