The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation has arrested two former state troopers, saying they wrote traffic tickets that weren’t given to drivers.
Former Trooper Jason Benson has been charged with five felony counts of obstruction of justice, five misdemeanor counts of failure to discharge duty and five misdemeanor counts of making a false return of process, according to an SBI news release. Former Trooper Christopher Carter has been charged with two felony counts of obstruction of justice, two misdemeanor counts of failure to discharge duty and two misdemeanor counts of making a false return of process.
The SBI began probing ticket-writing in Harnett County in June at the request of the State Highway Patrol and Harnett County District Attorney Vernon Stewart, and said it identified more than a dozen victims who had been issued citations or charges “unbeknownst to them.”
“Most of the citations stemmed from single car accidents or abandoned vehicles,” the SBI said. “In some cases, the two troopers charged individuals and failed to serve the citation(s).
“The victims didn’t know they had been charged, therefore they didn’t show up for their court date(s). As a result, arrest warrants were issued for some while others had their driver’s licenses suspended.”
In early July, patrol officials said that Benson had been “separated” from the patrol, while Carter had been put on administrative duty. A supervisor had spotted the irregularities in Benson’s tickets, a patrol spokesman said.
Benson and Carter turned themselves in to SBI agents at the Harnett County Detention Center on Wednesday morning. Benson had been with the patrol for nine years; Carter for five.
SBI officials said their investigation is continuing