Trooper Accused Of Drunken Harassment In Work Zone Resigns

12:15 PM, Dec 20, 2007   |    comments
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Charlotte, NC -- A state Highway Patrol trooper has been accused of drunkenly harassing construction workers while on duty.

A caller told a patrol dispatcher that Grubbs was "really drunk," staggered when he got out of his car and tried to fight an old man in a working zone last Friday.

The trooper, Christopher Shane Grubbs, resigned Monday. A copy of the dispatch tape was obtained Wednesday.

Grubbs was pulled over by two Montgomery County sheriff's deputies who said Grubbs smelled of alcohol. Sheriff Jeff Jordan later said Grubbs admitted he drank "a little bit" before his shift.

A Highway Patrol supervisor also smelled alcohol but decided not to arrest Grubbs. The decision was defended by Crime Control and Public Safety Secretary Bryan Beatty, who oversees the patrol. Beatty said no law enforcement official observed erratic behavior by Grubbs.

Associated Press

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