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TMCNet:  BRIEF: CMPD officer charged with DWI on New Year's Eve

[January 03, 2013]

BRIEF: CMPD officer charged with DWI on New Year's Eve

Jan 03, 2013 (The Charlotte Observer - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer was arrested in Union County on driving while impaired and other charges on New Year's Eve, troopers said.

Matthew Thompson, 44, was driving his Ford Explorer on Rocky River Road around 6:05 p.m. when a state trooper stopped him for swerving.

The trooper determined Thompson had been drinking, 1st Sgt. M.R. Leach said. Leach declined to comment on whether Thompson failed a field sobriety test or on his blood alcohol content. No one else was in the vehicle at the time of Thompson's arrest.

He's charged with driving while impaired, operating a vehicle with no insurance, operating a vehicle with an expired registration and driving left of center, according to court records. His license has been revoked for 30 days.

Thompson works in the Freedom Division in northwest Charlotte. He's been with the department since 1990. Thompson has been placed administrative leave after his arrest. A police spokesman said Thursday that Thompson is being paid while on leave.

CMPD is also conducting an internal investigation.

Attempts Wednesday to reach Thompson were unsuccessful.

Steele: 704-358-5067 ___ (c)2013 The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, N.C.) Visit The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, N.C.) at Distributed by MCT Information Services

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