Another trooper resigns amidst allegations

D.B. Canady

June 12, 2010 4:32:17 AM PDT
The ABC11 Eyewitness News I-Team has learned of another trooper who recently left the force amid allegations of misconduct.

This case is the second this week in which the I-Team has learned about a troubled trooper.

On June 7, Larry Lovick resigned from the Highway Patrol amid allegations of sexual misconduct. But the patrol already was dealing with another embarrassing incident.

Trooper D.G. Canady resigned on May 21 -- after three months on the force in Lenoir County. Sources tell the I-Team a sexually explicit video featuring the rookie ended up on You Tube.

That video may have cost him his job.

The video is no longer on the Web, but we asked the Highway Patrol about it last week.

"Have you had a trooper resign, or have you dismissed a Trooper because of inappropriate Internet video?" asked ABC11 Reporter Tamara Gibbs.

"I will have to look into that," replied Maj. Everett Clendenin.

Because of privacy laws, the patrol can't say why Trooper Canady resigned.

But, the trooper told ABC11 Friday that his ex-girlfriend posted a video of him on YouTube claiming he was making a racial slur and then reported him to the Highway Patrol, saying he should be fired.

The trooper says he was re-enacting a Dave Chappelle comedy skit and was not on duty or in uniform in the video.

Canady left the Highway Patrol within the same week as Trooper Lovick.

Lovick's the focus of a criminal probe that began after some drivers complained he wanted sexual favors or money, if they wanted to avoid a ticket. Lovick couldn't be reached for comment.

The patrol cautions these only are allegations but are serious enough that they've handed the cases over to the SBI.

"We have zero tolerance for this type of activity," Clendenin said. "If it's true, the SBI will take the appropriate action."

At last check, the SBI said it is still investigating the allegations against Lovick.

Meanwhile, former trooper Canady could not be reached for comment.

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