February 20th, 2007 05:37 PM
Officer faces gun charges in I-81 incident
Officer faces gun charges in I-81 incident
BY REX BOWMAN
TIMES-DISPATCH STAFF WRITER
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
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SALEM -- A South Carolina police officer used a gun to threaten a female motorist on Interstate 81, Virginia State Police allege.
Officer Eric Cmeyla, 41, of the Greenville, S.C., Police Department must appear in a Roanoke County court tomorrow on two counts of brandishing a firearm, said state police Sgt. Bob Carpentieri.
Destinee Puckett, 18, of Vinton said yesterday that the incident took place Sunday as she was driving south on I-81 at 60 mph -- the speed limit along that stretch -- in the left lane.
The male driver behind her pulled up close to her bumper and grew frustrated that he couldn't get around her, Puckett said, but traffic was too thick for her to move into the right lane.
She said she looked behind her and saw the man holding a gun above his steering wheel as he tailgated her. She said she was so rattled by the sight that she hit her brakes, which led the driver's Volkswagen Jetta to slam into her Nissan Maxima.
When they pulled over at Exit 140, Puckett said, the man tapped on her window with the barrel of the gun, striking the window so hard the glass chipped.
"I called 911," she said. "He said, 'I'm a cop; can I see your license and registration?' He seemed to be mad that I was paying more attention to 911 than to him, and he was getting frustrated.
"He was like, 'I can shoot you right now if I wanted to.' I told 911, 'He's threatening to shoot me.' And he said, 'No, no, no.' So 911 told me to roll up my windows. But he put his hand over my window so I couldn't roll it up.
"My boyfriend was sitting beside me. He was in shock."
Police arrived and arrested Cmeyla. He was released from custody on a recognizance bond.
The Greenville Police Department released a statement saying Cmeyla has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of his arrest. The statement noted that Cmeyla has been with the department for five months and is still in the department's training program.
Contact staff writer Rex Bowman at firstname.lastname@example.org or (540) 344-3612.
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February 20th, 2007 05:45 PM
He's 41 and has been with the department 5 months. Where'd he come from and what did he do previously?
February 20th, 2007 05:52 PM
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February 20th, 2007 06:41 PM
Not saying that ain't a true report but - phew - it takes some believing
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February 20th, 2007 06:57 PM
Oh, I can't wait to see how this one plays out!
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February 20th, 2007 07:00 PM
I don't mean to sugar coat my response but. . .
THIS MORON BELONGS IN JAIL. Let's just pray he didn't breed.
Guys like this REAL get me steamed. A true disgrace to the uniform.
My question is who in the heck does the screening at his police department. They need some serious re-training.
Oh wait. . . . he probably got to be a cop because of some "helping hand" program of some liberal mayor.
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February 20th, 2007 07:03 PM
February 20th, 2007 07:05 PM
What an idiot.
Pulling a stunt like that around here would get you fired immediatley.
That more than likely violated several deptartmental policies.
I would rather stand against the cannons of the wicked than against the prayers of the righteous.
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February 20th, 2007 10:41 PM
hey...some yahoo rams you from behind, then comes up to you with a weapon drawn?....the possibilities are endless....
February 20th, 2007 10:46 PM
Every Profession Has It's Mistakes...
Sure sounds like one here...
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February 21st, 2007 01:59 AM
Hmm, I would like to say it sounds far fetched, but he's new, hasn’t proven himself yet makes it a little more plausible. I think it may be a case of a nut slipping through the cracks, and he got a little badge heavy.
February 21st, 2007 02:10 AM
I have a buddy back outside DC in Fairfax County who has applied with all of the departments locally except for DCPD. Nobody will hire him because he doesn't have a college degree.
He was in the USAF for 4 years as Security Forces under Space Command at Minot and has a great record.
I want someone to tell me how it is that this piece of human garbage becomes a LEO and my buddy can't find a department that will take him. He can't move because he can't afford it... it's unbelivable.
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February 21st, 2007 08:58 AM
This renegade cop is lucky he didn't get shot. What an idiot. He forgot that he was a servent of the people. They should fire this jerk as soon as possible. This is the type of person who should never have access to a gun again. If you can't control your road rage then don't carry a gun in your car. I hope his department sticks it to him.
February 21st, 2007 09:03 AM
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