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Raleigh woman claims trooper harassment

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Gina Tessener

A Raleigh woman and her husband have filed an eight-page complaint alleging she was harassed by a North Carolina Highway Patrol officer in Wilmington.

The incident took place last week, and involves 52-year-old Gina Tessener - wife of Raleigh lawyer Hoyt Tessener

Tessener's complaint alleges Trooper Edward Wyrick - a patrolman in Wilmington since 2006 - "embarrassed, humiliated, confused, frightened, intimidated, and degraded" her.

Records show Trooper Wyrick pulled Tessener over for having a headlight out but smelled alcohol. The complaint says she refused a breathalyzer, was handcuffed, then arrested, and verbally assaulted the whole time.

Gina Tessener later took two blood alcohol tests. The results showed 0.0 both times.

The complaint goes on to say Trooper Wyrick didn't release Tessener after she passed the tests, but rather took her - in handcuffs - to the magistrate, who also verbally attacked her.

After she was released, the Tesseners filed the complaint.

"Whatever happens with Wyrick will reveal the practices and procedures of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol," wrote Hoyt Tessener.

He sent the complaint to Governor Beverly Perdue and a slew of other public officials.

The Highway Patrol told ABC11 Tuesday that Wyrick remains on active duty. It said an investigation is ongoing, but declined to comment further.

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