Former Butner police captain fights to get job back

February 9, 2012 12:07:59 PM PST
Wednesday, former Butner Public Safety Captain Bruce Williams was in a Wake County courtroom listening to lawyers argue about whether he gave special treatment to a Highway Patrol trooper almost two years ago.

It happened early in the morning on April 3, 2010. The officer who pulled the trooper over called Williams to the scene for a second opinion. Williams looked to his commanding officer for a third opinion.

In a taped conversation, Williams can be heard talking to police dispatch.

Williams: "I need you to call Major Moss' home number."

Dispatcher: "Yessir."

Williams: "Advise him that I have a trooper stopped. He is a captain with the Highway Patrol and he is extremely 10-55."

The term "10-55" is police speak for drunk. However, in court Wednesday, testimony from the officer who pulled the trooper over sounded very different.

"I never said he was drunk or intoxicated because I didn't feel he was," said former officer Daniel Parott "I just wanted a second opinion."

The state suggested that the officer, who has since been fired over this incident, and Williams worked out their story in advance.

Williams' case may rest on a much more basic question -- was the trooper actually drunk at the time?

The trooper was never given a sobriety test so the question whether the trooper was drunk will always be impossible to answer.

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