Posted on July 30, 2018

Entire Police Force Suspended in North Carolina After Arrest of Chief, Lieutenant

WGHP-TV, July 7, 2018


The Southport Police Department’s police chief and lieutenant were arrested Thursday for allegedly moonlighting as truck drivers while officially on the clock at the police department.

All police operations in the city were suspended after the arrests, and the whole police force is out on paid administrative leave.

SPD Chief Gary Smith, 46, and Lt. Michael Christian Simmons, 48, {snip} are accused of driving overnight shifts for a trucking company while on the clock at the Southport Police Department. The name of the trucking company has not been released.


Chief Gary Smith (left) and Lt. Michael Christian Simmons