Courts & Crime

North Carolina state trooper accused of false arrest

RALEIGH -- The state Highway Patrol is investigating the actions of a trooper accused of falsely arresting a Raleigh mother in Wilmington, mistreating her and then orchestrating an unjustified traffic stop of her husband.

The internal affairs probe was triggered after Raleigh attorney Hoyt Tessener sent an eight-page letter on Friday to Gov. Bev Perdue and other officials detailing the experience of his wife, Gina, earlier this month with Senior Trooper Edward S. Wyrick.

Patrol spokesman 1st Sgt. Jeff Gordon said Wyrick, 34, was still on the road Wednesday. The agency's internal investigation will be "fair, impartial and thorough," Gordon said in an email.

Trooper since 2006, Wyrick was not available for comment.

Gina Tessener, 51, said Wednesday she is going public with her experience in the hope she can prevent Wyrick from behaving similarly with other women.

"I want him off the road," she said. "I don't want him to have this authority over anyone. I don't trust his judgment. This conduct should not be condoned"

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