Busted cop back on the beat?

2013-03-25 10:08

On March 22, 2013 we reported on a law official who resigned after a video was posted online showing his bad driving habits.

The video shows Onslow County Deputy, Craig Culpepper cutting in front of Chad Walton, who filmed the event, and pumping his brakes in front of his car. In the video you can see the officer cutting in front of Walton causing him to rear-end the police car.

Watch the video

The officer resigned after the video surfaced but it seems he will have his badge returned.

He released this statement: “On Monday the 18th of March; I completed a 40 hour K9 Handlers training course in Edisto Island, South Carolina, while driving home I allowed another person to manage my emotions and I made a very bad decision.

"While traveling on highway 526 in Charleston South Carolina; I was being tailgated by another driver in a much bigger hurry then I was, and I reacted to his impatience by creating a situation that could have had very serious consequences. I have embarrassed; myself, my family and my fellow law enforcement officers.

I apologize to any law enforcement officer’s that feel any repercussions for my actions. As a result of my actions I am no longer a deputy with the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office; this I am very hurt by, I loved my job, the people I worked with and the citizens I worked for; and it drives home the mistake I made. Let me be clear I made a mistake, I own it, it’s mine and I will not try to hide it or cover it up.”

He is clearly remorseful, but do you think it’s a good idea for him to get his job back? What does this mean for the overall safety of other motorists? Email us and we'll publish your thoughts - or have your say in the Readers' Comments section below...

  • Grant Callaway - 2013-03-25 13:04

    Surely reckless driving is illegal pretty much everywhere? If the guy was tailgating, why not simply pull him over and fine him?

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