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.
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.
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.
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