Trooper rescued puppy from habitual drunk driver

Trooper rescued puppy from ‘habitual’ drunk driver

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A puppy, who had the misfortune of traveling with a man described as a “habitual drunk driver,” was rescued by a North Carolina State Trooper in the early morning hours on July 14. As reported by CBS 17 News, the puppy was discovered during a traffic stop that took place on U.S. Highway 70 at 1 a.m.

The arrest

Trooper C.O. Best encountered a van which was stopped and blocking two lanes of traffic – he also noted that the van did not have a license plate. Trooper Best suspected that the vehicle driver, identified as 37-year-old Robert Scharff, was impaired, but the man refused to take a field sobriety test. Scharff was arrested – according to the news agency, he has been convicted of drunk driving four times, in addition to two convictions for habitual impaired driving.

The puppy in the van

Before leaving the scene, the Trooper discovered that a puppy (Luie) in the back.  The puppy was transported to an area animal shelter to be held until a family member could arrive to take him home. Luie’s owner was booked into the Johnston County Jail.

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6 replies
  1. Adrienne says:

    I hope the man’s license, if he has one, is taken away from him before he kills someone with his car, not to mention his dog. These people are in their own world and unfortunately others suffer with them.

  2. Barkley's Mom says:

    What will it take to get this POS off the roads before he kills someone? Incarceration seems to be the only answer if he continues to break the law by drinking and driving. I’m glad the trooper saved the pup, but was it the right thing to do to give him back to this family that don’t seem to be able to stop this idiot or allowed him to take along the puppy while drunk?

  3. Red says:

    Wonderful…. send the poor puppy home with family who will return him back to the drunk!! Great idea !
    Dear Lord help that puppy to live through the madness he has been subjected to.

  4. Nancy Raymond says:

    This asshole will get out and continue to drive because his only concern is himself – I applaud the officer who took the puppy BUT this dog should NEVER be given back to Robert Scharff – he is incapable and too irresponsible to take care of anything and his four DWI convictions prove it. He is a menace to all he encounters and needs a long term prison sentence.


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