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N.C. Officer Suspended After Lying On Witness Stand

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer has been suspended and could go to jail after lying on the witness stand in a DWI trial.

The police department confirmed late Monday that Officer Barry Grimes has been suspended after Eyewitness News learned that a judge had found Grimes in contempt of court, sentenced him to 30 days in jail and ordered him to pay a $500 fine.

The judge ruled that Grimes had lied in court last month when he said a woman he'd arrested for DWI in October had failed several field sobriety tests.

Video from Grimes' patrol car showed that the woman had never performed those tests.

Grimes is out of jail while he appeals the ruling.

Grimes has been with the police department since 2008. He was assigned to the Steele Creek Division.

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