NC police officer accused of drinking on job, crashing patrol car into truck

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49-year-old Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer Richard Andringa

LINCOLN COUNTY, N.C. – A North Carolina police officer is accused of drinking on the job and crashing his police cruiser into a truck.

The Charlotte Observer reported that 49-year-old Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer Richard Andringa faces DWI charges after the incident Friday morning.

The suspect was allegedly responded to a crash in Charlotte at about 9 a.m. Friday when he allegedly struck the wheel of a truck waiting at a stoplight.

The paper reported minor damage to the police cruiser, no damage to the truck and no injuries. The suspect was in his police cruiser and wearing his police uniform at the time.

A responding officer administered an alcohol and drug assessment of Andringa, who reportedly had a .09 blood alcohol level, just above the legal limit of .08.

Andringa had been a 26 year veteran of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. He was arrested and charged after the crash and has been placed on administrative leave without pay.