Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer Arrested for DWI on New Year's Eve

Charlotte, North Carolina – On December 31, 2012, a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer was stopped by state troopers after they observed him driving his Ford Explorer erratically.

The 44-year-old police officer was stopped around 6 p.m. on Monday evening because he was observed swerving his vehicle. According to the patrol, the suspect and police officer had been drinking alcohol; however, they didn't say if he failed the standardized field sobriety tests (SFSTs), nor would they provide his blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at the time of the arrest.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg officer was ultimately charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), operating a vehicle without insurance, driving a vehicle with expired registration tags, as well as driving to the left of the center. The police officer's driver's license has since been suspended for 30 days, and it isn't known if he has hired an attorney to represent him.

According to the police department, the officer has been a police officer since 1990, and he has been placed on leave since the incident. DWI is the one criminal offense that is commonly committed by normal and even upstanding citizens including North Carolina's own law enforcement personnel, so it can happen to anyone.

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Upon leaving the District Attorney's Office, he began working for an established law firm in Raleigh where he advocated for some of the largest insurance companies in the nation. He went on to open his own private practice where he now focuses on criminal defense including DWU, as well as workers' compensation, personal injury and civil litigation. Attorney Gamradt is admitted to practice before the United States District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina and the North Carolina State Bar. To schedule a free consultation with an attorney regarding your criminal matter, please contact the firm today.

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