Two North Carolina State Highway Patrol officers, Senior Trooper Edward Wyrick and Trooper Andrew Smith, have been suspended pending investigation after Gina Tessener said she was arrested despite blowing a 0.0 on a breathalyzer test. She then alleges that the officers arranged to pull over her husband, attorney Hoyt Tessener, who followed his wife to the magistrate. Recently released exchanges between the officers show profanity and hostility in dealing with the couple.
The stop occurred on June 21st. Here are the messages between the officers:
– 12:03:51 a.m. (from Wyrick to 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.”
– 12:05:02 a.m. (from Smith to Wyrick): “Hahahaha f— her and f— him. She say how much she’d had to drink?”
– 12:07:13 a.m. (from Wyrick to Smith): “She said 1 drink at 7pm.”
– 12:07:30 a.m. message from Smith to Wyrick: “F—her.”
At around 12:15 am, Wyrick tells Gina Tessener he is taking her in to the magistrate’s office. While presumably on the way to the magistrate, the messages continue.
– 12:31:36 a.m. (from Smith to Wyrick): “TELL HIM IF HE WANTS TO COP AN ATTITUDE TO FEEL FREE AND COME BACK AND ILL —— HIM THAT SPEED.”
– 12:33:42 a.m. (from Wyrick to Smith): “HOW FAST”
– 12:33:59 a.m. (from Smith to Wyrick): “58”
Wyrick and Gina Tessener arrived at the magistrate’s office at 12:44 a.m.
Wyrick puts Gina Tessener into the New Hanover County Detention Center at approximately 12:44 a.m.
She was later released.
If this is the treatment for a 0.0 register, I wonder what you get for blowing a .9 in North Carolina? Keel-hauled or broken on the wheel?