North Carolina Highway Patrol Faces Further Allegations

Posted by Christopher Shumate | Dec 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

North Carolina Highway Patrolman Edward S. Wyrick wrongfully arrested Gina Tessener for Driving While Impaired (DWI) last month in Wilmington, NC. Mrs. Tessener exercised her legal right to refuse roadside sobriety tests. She subsequently blew .00 on an intoxilizer.

Mrs. Tessener's actions angered Trooper Wyrick, who texted Trooper Andrew M. Smith "This woman refused all roadside testing, and blew .00," "Her husband is a trial lawyer and told me I should be ashamed of myself." Trooper Smith responded: "Hahahaha fuck her and fuck him. She say how much she'd had to drink?" Trooper Wyrick wrote back: "She said 1 drink at 7pm." Trooper Smith responded "Fuck her,"

Mr. Tessener followed Trooper Wyrick's patrol car (with his wife in custody) to the jail for his wife to appear before the magistrate. According to Mr. Tessener, Trooper Wyrick sped up crossing the bridge into Wilmington and turned off the road, while Trooper Smith pulled Mr. Tessener for unidentified reasons. Trooper Smith requested Mr. Tessener perform field sobriety tests on Mr. Tessener, but didn't charge Mr. Tessener. The two Troopers continued to communicate in an unprofessional manner regarding Mr. Tessener's improper traffic stop.

Mrs. Tessener's charges have been dropped due to lack of evidence. Mr. Tessener was not charged with any violations. Both Troopers have been placed on desk duty pending the results of an ongoing investigation.

This story serves as yet another example of improper conduct by law enforcement. The North Carolina Highway Patrol in particular has a particular poor record of conduct. The story further serves as a reminder that the public unfortunately cannot always depend upon law enforcement to perform their duties in an appropriate manner, making the assistance of effective legal counsel crucial.

If you are charged with a criminal charge or traffic citation in Charlotte, North Carolina, it is imperative that you consult a Charlotte criminal defense attorney regarding the specifics of your case. There are a variety of factors in a criminal / traffic matter that must be analyzed, including the actions of law enforcement., Troopers Texted About Drivers, 07/06/11

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Christopher Shumate

Mr. Chris Shumate is a native of Gastonia, North Carolina, and worked various jobs while pursuing his undergraduate and Juris Doctor education, including several heavy manual labor and skilled trade positions. In his practice, Mr. Shumate often encounters circumstances where these prior experiences are helpful in representing you. Upon graduating law school from the University of South Carolina, Mr. Shumate joined one of the Carolinas' larger defense firms, where he represented a diverse set of employers and insurance companies in civil cases and workers' compensation claims across the Carolinas. Chris utilized this experience to obtain a working knowledge of the insurance industry, and build personal contacts used today in representing you. Mr. Shumate ultimately decided he wanted to focus his law practice on assisting those who have been injured, and doing so with the focus on a personal relationship that is uncommon in the bigger firms. Mr. Shumate's also has a passion for assisting those facing the challenges of the criminal legal system. By representing individuals in a variety of criminal and traffic matters, Mr. Shumate works to achieve the best possible result for each client regardless of the charges levied by the prosecution. Chris has tirelessly pursued his mission of helping people from all walks of life throughout the Carolinas with a variety of legal matters. If you are interested in learning more about Chris Shumate and The Shumate Law Offices, please contact us at 704.371.5059. We look forward to assisting you to achieve a positive result in your legal concern. Education J.D., University of South Carolina B.S., University of South Carolina Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice N.C. State BarS.C. State BarU.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina Professional & Bar Association Memberships N.C. Bar Association S.C. Bar Association Mecklenburg County Bar N.C. Academy Of Trial Lawyers American Association For Justice


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