Officer commended for actions while off duty

Sep. 25, 2013 @ 06:19 AM

Forest City Police Capt. Chris Lovelace was recognized at the Region C Advisory Committee meeting on Tuesday for his off-duty actions in a drug investigation.

Lt. Shannon Price of the Shelby Police Department presented Lovelace a commendation for his actions taken on Aug. 20.

According to a police report filed for the incident, around 6 p.m. on Aug. 20, Lovelace was off duty and observed what he suspected to be a drug transaction in the parking lot of Dollar General located at 178 Highway 74 Business in Bostic.

Lovelace called a fellow officer on duty, who arrived at the location and was able to locate the drugs inside one of the suspect’s vehicles.

Lovelace’s observations led to the seizure of 81 pills of Oxycodone, $5,376 in currency and the arrest of two suspects, Wendy Elizabeth Alexander and Kimberly Atchley Wheat, who were charged with trafficking opiates, selling and delivering a schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle for the distribution of a controlled substance.

Forest City Police Chief Jay Jackson commended Lovelace during Tuesday’s Region C meeting.

“This case is a specific example how police officers are never truly off and it is often our families, our wives and children, who see their plans for the day sidelined when an officer is called back to duty for the good of the community,” Jackson said. “I would like to thank Capt. Lovelace and his family for their dedication to our community.”