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Conflicting reports surround investigation into Sunset Beach Police officer

Patricia Barbour (Source: BCSO) Patricia Barbour (Source: BCSO)

SUNSET BEACH, NC (WECT) – An officer with the Sunset Beach Police Department is under investigation after a DWI arrest he made was dismissed last week by the Brunswick County District Attorney's Office.

Sunset Beach Police Chief Lisa Massey said Officer Jamie Clemmons was suspended after a meeting with the DA's office, where it was determined that there was no criminal violation, but possibly an ethical one.

According to an arrest report, Clemmons arrested Patricia Barbour for DWI last May. Her son, Bobby Barbour, said the incident happened at the Sunset Beach Police Department.

"They claim she went to the police department intoxicated. Think about it, anyone who drinks does not go to the police department when drunk. They go opposite of police," said Bobby Barbour. 

Bobby said his mother was standing outside the police department talking with officers when Clemmons drove up and arrested her. Bobby says, several things Clemmons said about the incident did not add up.

"Under the typed report he testified to the fact that he went up to her vehicle and approached her through the window. On the written report he said, when he approached her she was already out the car," said Bobby Barbour.

Bobby also added, "He testified she walked five steps and quit in one of his reports. Then in another report he testified he observed her walk five steps forward and five steps back. How can you walk five steps forward and five steps back if you quit after the first five." 

Massey is still determining what agency will conduct the investigation.

District Attorney Jon David says questions about testimony were brought to his attention by one of his assistant district attorneys. The DA's office immediately dismissed the case.

David says he applauds the swift and decisive action taken by Chief Massey.

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