Man charged with felony when Raleigh officer’s arrest notes are destroyed

From staff reportsApril 2, 2013 

Vincent Stephen Coyle III


— A man whom police had stopped because they suspected he was driving while impaired Monday night was facing only misdemeanor charges until, police said, he destroyed a police officer’s notes and wound up charged with a felony.

Vincent Stephen Coyle III, 26, of 2501 Huntscroft Lane in Raleigh, was pulled over about 11 p.m. by police at T.W. Alexander Drive and Little Brier Creek Lane, according to an arrest report.

He was being charged with driving while impaired, driving with a revoked license, resisting an officer and communicating threats, all misdemeanors.

Then, according to an arrest warrant, Coyle “unlawfully, willfully and feloniously did destroy evidence, Officer Abshire’s notes....”

Police charged him with altering, stealing or destroying criminal evidence.

Officer K.B. Abshire was going to transport Coyle to the Wake County Detention Center after Officer J.D. Noble had stopped Coyle’s car, police spokesman Jim Sughrue said.

Police did not say in their arrest warrant how Coyle destroyed the notes, and a report of the incident was pending on Tuesday.

Coyle was held on $7,500 bail for a court appearance Tuesday.

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