Charlotte-Mecklenburg officer charged with DUI

Jan. 03, 2013 @ 06:50 PM

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer had a .19 blood alcohol level when pulled over by a North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper on New Year’s Eve.

A trooper stopped a 1991 Ford Explorer driven by Matthew Thompson, 44, on South Rocky River Road near Goldmine Road a little after 6 p.m., First Sgt. M.R. Leach of the North Carolina Highway Patrol said.

Thompson was charged with driving while impaired as well as with operating a vehicle without insurance, driving left of center and with having a cancelled or revoked registration plate on the vehicle, he said.

According to court documents, the trooper who stopped Thompson stated that Thompson was unsteady on his feet, had glassy eyes and a strong odor of alcohol coming from his breath.

Thompson’s license has been revoked. He has been an officer with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department since 1990 and has been placed on leave.     

According to our news partners WSOC-TV, Thompson was assigned to the Freedom Division and his anniversary with the department was coming up in March.

Attempts to contact a representative from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department were unsuccessful.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.