Fayetteville city worker charged with DWI

Claudine Parisi

March 13, 2012 3:06:34 PM PDT
A Fayetteville woman is under investigation for allegedly driving the wrong way on Interstate 95 and causing a minor crash.

That driver, 42-year-old Claudine Parisi, is the wife of a Cumberland County Sheriff's deputy and is also a secretary for one of Fayetteville's assistant police chiefs. She has been working with the Fayetteville Police Department for 22 years.

According to the State Highway Patrol, Parisi was drunk Sunday night when she somehow ended up going the wrong way on the interstate near the Claude Lee Road exit. Investigators say the police secretary ended up driving south in the northbound lanes. That's where she crashed her Chevy Tahoe into a Honda sedan.

"We became informed by Miss Parisi after that next day that she had been involved in an accident on Interstate 95 and was arrested for a driving while impaired charge," said Fayetteville Police spokesman Todd Joyce.

According to sources close to the investigation, the accident on I-95 was not Parisi's only involvement with law enforcement on that day. She apparently called Fayetteville police to report that her car was involved in a hit and run accident at St. Patrick's Church.

ABC11 asked Joyce if Parisi was intoxicated at the church.

"I don't have any confirmation that," said Joyce. "The only things that we have are that she came outside and she had located damage to the vehicle at that time."

The Highway Patrol is the lead investigative agency on the I-95 crash. Fayetteville police, however, have launched an investigation of their own.

"Because she is not in a driving status with the police department, she is able to continue her duties," said Joyce. "An administrative investigation has been initiated."

Joyce went on to say the future of Parisi's employment with the City of Fayetteville depends on the outcome of that investigation.

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