Police Chief Charged with North Carolina DWI

Unmarked Police CardNavassa Police Chief Ricky Junior Thorpe was arrested for drunk driving in North Carolina after a single car accident in rural Brunswick County. Thorpe crossed the center line, struck a speed limit sign and ended up in a ditch while driving an unmarked patrol car.

A county sheriff’s office trooper drove past the accident and radioed for a tow truck. Emergency Services then contacted the North Carolina Highway Patrol. Thorpe had left the scene before troopers arrived, though Thorpe was contacted and arrested at his nearby home. He was charged with driving while intoxicated around 4:45 am. A breath test showed a blood alcohol content of 0.27%, more than three times the legal limit for intoxication in North Carolina.

It is not known if Thorpe, 44, was on-duty at the time of the accident. The Navassa Town Council suspended him without pay, pending an investigation by town officials. In 2004, Thorpe was implicated in an embezzlement operation for diverting hundreds of dollars from a drug bust. He was prosecuted though he was required to enroll in additional law enforcement training for ethics and administrative issues.

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