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Uniformed North Carolina police woman arrested for drunk driving

County police were patrolling an area of highways just after 5 p.m. one recent evening when an officer reported seeing a car traveling between 80 and 90 mph in a 55 mph zone near a highway construction area. The officer gave pursuit and was able to intercept the car. When the officer approached the car, he says he saw the driver wearing a police uniform. She was apparently a 49-year-old North Carolina State Police officer.

The driver allegedly told police she was late for an off-duty assignment in Raleigh. However, the arresting officer says she registered .09 blood alcohol content. The state limit is .08. It is unknown what prompted the arresting officer to request that the driver take a breath test.

Don't let cocaine charge crush your future

If authorities accuse you of committing a crime involving a drug such as cocaine, you naturally may worry about what this means for your future. For instance, losing your freedom as well as losing your good reputation may concern you.

Fortunately, even though you may face a drug charge in North Carolina, Lady Justice still views you as not guilty until and unless the government can prove your charge beyond a reasonable doubt. You have the right to defend yourself vigorously when facing a cocaine charge.

Search and seizure of cell phone records may require a warrant

It's no secret that the law struggles to keep up with technology. In fact, in many cases, laws change because individuals file lawsuits that claim their rights have been violated through the unregulated use of technology. North Carolina residents who have concerns about the way law enforcement a at the state and federal levels discover incriminating evidence through technology may be interested in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court that may affect search and seizure laws across the country.

A man in another state is accused of coordinating a string of crimes. He was convicted of numerous robberies in addition to weapons charges based on evidence investigators gathered from his cell phone records. Federal authorities obtained detailed information about the accused's whereabouts at the times the crimes occurred because cell phone technology tracked the user's location based on cell tower transmissions.

North Carolina man faces felony weapons charges

While it may not be clear what motivates people to make threats to others, often it is because they feel no one is listening. A desperate feeling may cause a person to make threats or demand attention to get the help they need. When this behavior involves a weapons offense, the situation can become tense very quickly. Workers in a North Carolina building may have experienced that tension recently.

On a Monday afternoon, a man entered a downtown office that offers services to local veterans. According to reports, a government employee was meeting with other veterans in the office at the time. The man allegedly displayed a handgun and pointed it at the employee. Apparently, no shots were fired and the incident ended with the arrest of the 38-year-old man. He was subsequently charges with misdemeanors, carrying a concealed weapon and pointing it at a person.

North Carolina trio faces drug possession and other charges

Sometimes, a person can end up in trouble simply by being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Unfortunately, friends and associations may draw the attention of law enforcement, and those who are in the vicinity may find themselves facing criminal charges. Two North Carolina women may be regretting their recent visit to the home of a man who was the target of an ongoing police investigation.

Police say their investigation led them to the home of a 63-year-old man who had a record of felony convictions. Reports do not indicate if police had a warrant when they entered the man's home, but once inside, they executed a search. Officers claim to have recovered cocaine, drug paraphernalia and a firearm. The possession of a firearm by a convicted felon may result in severe penalties if the man is convicted, especially since police believe the man intended to distribute the drugs.

North Carolina woman faces DUI and assault charges

The threat of arrest may cause people to do unexpected things. This may be because they already have convictions on their records or they simply fear what may happen next. The possibility of a drunk driving charge may be especially concerning for a North Carolina driver, and one woman may be facing an uncertain future following a recent arrest.

The 26-year-old woman was pulled over by state police for allegedly speeding just after 2 a.m. The trooper who approached her car reported smelling alcohol on the woman. He also claimed that the woman's eyes were red and that she had an open container of alcohol with her in the vehicle. The officer said that the woman became physically resistant when he attempted to arrest her, pushing him, assaulting him and attempting to run away.

Are field sobriety tests accurate?

If you are ever pulled over for suspected drunk driving, you may be asked to perform a few tests in order for the officer to check for impairment. These are field sobriety tests and they are standard procedure in North Carolina and elsewhere. While that may be so, are they accurate?

You always hear about how inaccurate Breathalyzers tests may be, but what about the other sobriety tests? While they serve a purpose, experts agree that they may not be 100 percent accurate. In fact, they are very subjective in nature because they depend on the administering officer's opinion and understanding of the test.

North Carolina has zero tolerance for underage drinking

Alcohol has different attractions for different people. For many teens, however, there is often a sense of rebellion or the need to fit in with other teens who are drinking. As a person nears 21, the legal age to drink in North Carolina and other states, he or she may feel that 19 or 20 is close enough to get away with consuming alcohol. However, the state's zero tolerance laws may prove that to be a bad decision.

In North Carolina, those who are younger than 21 may not consume alcohol. In fact, it is a misdemeanor offense that may result in fines, community service, court costs and potentially jail time, if convicted. The consequences can be even more severe if an underage drinker drives after consuming alcohol.

North Carolina couple arrested after neighbors complained

Without question, drug crimes are the scourge of many neighborhoods. Residents who suspect their neighbors are involved in manufacturing or selling drugs are often justified in their concern. However, those accused of committing these crimes have rights that deserve to be protected. A North Carolina couple recently found themselves in the crosshairs of multiple law enforcement agencies after police allegedly received tips from neighbors.

Police say they had received numerous complaints over the past six months about drug activity in their neighborhood. The complaints centered around a particular residence that became the focus of a multi-agency investigation. Apparently, officers began watching the residence. Police conducted a traffic stop when a car left the home recently, which included a search of the vehicle. Reports indicate that police found illegal contraband, including meth pipes, and they placed the 35-year-old woman driving the vehicle under arrest.

Man faces weapons offenses for having gun on campus

In the wake of the many shootings on school properties and other gathering places, it is natural for people to take precautionary measures if they suspect someone has a weapon. In fact, it is against the law in some states, including North Carolina, to carry a concealed weapon on a college campus. While the debate about gun control may never be settled, one man recently discovered that authorities take weapons laws seriously.

A 21-year-old GED student was recently arrested after another student allegedly saw him in a stairwell with a gun. A little after 10 a.m., the other student informed police that an armed man was on campus. Authorities shut down the college for about 45 minutes while police investigated. Reports say that initially, the GED student hid the gun to avoid getting caught. However, police soon located the gun and reported that it was loaded and stolen.

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