Trooper faces DWI, abuse charges in court

January 30, 2008 9:35:32 AM PST
A former state trooper is expected in court Wednesday.

Steven Bradley is charged with DWI, carrying a concealed weapon and child abuse.

Bradley resigned from the N.C. Highway Patrol shortly after officers charged him with those offenses. All the charges are serious, but the accusation of assaulting two law officers stunned fellow law enforcement officers.

"If it's happened since I've been doing this job I don't recall it," Lt. Everett Clendenins, N.C. Highway Patrol, said.

Bradley allegedly attacked two officers while resisting arrest and carrying a concealed weapon. It happened late last year as officers investigated a wreck involving Bradley.

"We know that alcohol impairs your decision making," Clendenin said. "It impairs your thought process."

Court documents show his blood-alcohol level was six points over the limit -- two hours after he wrecked his car.

The wreck happened along Jones Franklin Road between Raleigh and Cary. Investigators say Bradley drove into a pond with his children in the car. It's the reason why he's charged with child abuse.

Before his legal trouble, the Bradley family appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show in a segment about upper middle-class families dealing with debt.


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