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CLEVELAND COUNTY, NC (WBTV) – A North Carolina Highway Patrol state trooper was placed on administrative duty pending an internal and criminal investigation, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.
Trooper Bryan S. Ledbetter, an 8-year veteran, was placed on administrative duty on Tuesday by state Highway Patrol. Ledbetter is assigned to the Troop H District 9 Motor Carrier Enforcement office in Monroe, North Carolina.
Ledbetter is facing three felony charges of assault with a deadly weapon, second degree kidnapping and burglary. He is due in court on April 23.
Officials haven’t released many details about the charges, but Ledbetter’s aunt, who did not want to go on camera, told WBTV the charges stemmed from an alleged domestic dispute.
According to Jeff Gordon, Lieutenant for the state Department of Public Safety, the administrative leave was imposed March 31 and is open-ended, meaning no return date for Ledbetter has been set.
Gordon said the leave was the result of an internal and criminal investigation by the Cleveland County Sheriff’s office.
His cousin said Ledbetter is “a great guy.” He added that Ledbetter is “having a really hard time right now.”
Ledbetter’s aunt said she was surprised by the entire incident. She said she believes the whole thing is “huge misunderstanding.”
She also said the family’s main concern is for Ledbetter’s four children.
Ledbetter’s previous duties included conducting safety inspections of commercial motor vehicles, inspects highway shipments of hazardous materials, and performs compliance reviews (safety performance audits) on motor carriers.
“Administrative duty” refers to duties performed by an administrative worker.