Former Greenville officer found not guilty of DWI

POSTED: 1:21 PM Feb 20 2013   UPDATED: 5:42 PM Jan 31 2014
Kyle M. Gaines
GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY -

A former Greenville Police officer charged with DWI early last year has been found not guilty.

Kyle M. Gaines was found not guilty Tuesday in a jury trial, said District Attorney Kimberly Robb. There was no word on why that verdict was reached.

Greenville Police had said that an officer pulled over Gaines for traffic and equipment violations on East Fifth Street near Elm Street at about 2:30 a.m. on Feb. 20. During the traffic stop, a breathalyzer test revealed that Gaines had a blood alcohol content of .11, warrants had stated.

In North Carolina, having a BAC of .08 is considered being drunk.

Gaines, who was off-duty at the time, was arrested and charged with one count of DWI.  He was placed on leave and later resigned from the Greenville Police Department.

Gaines had been a patrol officer with Greenville Police for two years.

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A Greenville police officer was arrested and charged with DWI while off duty.

Police said they pulled over 27-year-old Kyle M. Gaines for traffic and equipment violations at about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, on East Fifth Street near Elm Street.

During the traffic stop, a breathalyzer test revealed that Officer Gaines had a blood alcohol content of .11, police said. In North Carolina, having a BAC of .08 is considered being drunk.

Gaines was arrested and charged with one count of DWI.   

Officer Gaines has been placed on leave pending the outcome of an Internal Affairs administrative investigation, police said.
 
In reference to the incident, Chief Hassan Aden issued the following statement:
 
"This is another example of the ethical decisions made every day by Greenville Police officers-none of us are above the law and we hold each other accountable for our actions."  

Gaines has been a patrol officer with the Greenville Police Department for the past two years.