SBI investigating Harnett County troopers

Some troopers could face criminal charges

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Vernon Stewart, the district attorney for Harnett and Lee counties, and the North Carolina Highway Patrol have asked state officials to look into possible “ticket irregularities” in the area.

North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Public Information Director Anjanette Grube confirmed her agency launched an investigation into issues involving local Highway Patrol troopers on June 14.

Stewart said his office launched an investigation when he became aware of certain irregularities in tickets issued by some local troopers.

“What I can say is limited but I can confirm there is an investigation and I should get a report in the near future,” Stewart said. “Based on the report it is possible criminal charges could be filed. We have to determine what our next step will be.”

Stewart, who described the case as peculiar, could not release information on how many officers were involved or the names of the officers.

He said that his office launched the probe and the Highway Patrol became involved when it learned its officers were being investigated.

Grube said further information cannot be released.

“It is an ongoing investigation and we can’t say more at this point,” Grube said.

The investigation will include interviewing witnesses and others involved.

This latest probe comes at a time when the Highway Patrol is also under scrutiny for a “compromised” promotional testing process. Promotions for troopers were put on hold during the internal affairs investigation.

North Carolina Highway Patrol Col. Glen McNeill announced the hold on promotions in a press release last month. He said it was launched after the Highway Patrol received an anonymous allegation on June 20.

A promotional list was set to be released July 1. That release was delayed indefinitely while the investigation continues.

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