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December 06, 2007
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N.C. trooper arrested for DWI, kicking fellow officer

The Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. — A Highway Patrol trooper accused of driving while impaired also faces charges for kicking a Raleigh police officer in the shin, according to a police report.

Steven Bradley, 38, of Apex, was driving his personal vehicle when he got distracted, ran a stop sign and drove into a pond Tuesday night in Raleigh. Police said the car left 26 feet of skid marks.

His 7-year-old daughter and 18-year-old son were in car but not injured.

The police report lists Bradley's blood-alcohol level at 0.11. The legal limit is 0.08.

Bradley is facing several charges including DWI, carrying a concealed weapon while under the influence and resisting arrest. He also is accused of walking away from officers and failing to put his hands behind his back when ordered.

"We expect better from our troopers, they know better," said patrol spokesman Lt. Everett Clendenin. "Our troopers are expected to obey the law, as well as enforce it. And when they find themselves on the other side ... they're putting their careers in jeopardy."

Bradley has been placed on paid investigative leave, Clendenin said.

A home phone number for Bradley was unlisted. A worker at the Wake County jail said information about the case wasn't in the computer system, which may be due to a magistrate allowing Bradley released on a written promise to appear in court Jan. 30.

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