Police Officer Arrested For Domestic Assault

SMITHFIELD – An off-duty police lieutenant was arrested early-Sunday after deputies with the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office responded to her home for a domestic disturbance.

Holley Michelle Pendergraph, age 35, of S. Farm Horse Trail, Smithfield is a patrol lieutenant with the Dunn Police Department. Pendergraph was charged with misdemeanor domestic assault following an alleged incident with her wife.

At 3:43am Sunday, deputies responded to an unknown type call from the address. Officers arrived and reportedly located the 36 year-old female victim who had obvious injuries including bruising, a laceration near the nose, and bleeding. EMS responded and treated the victim.

Deputies said they determined Pendergraph and her wife had been in the Coats, NC area drinking and upon returning home got into a verbal argument. The argument then turned physical.

After being detained at the scene, Pendergraph allegedly communicating a threat against a juvenile who was present. Pendergraph then reportedly began cursing at the arresting deputy claiming he was not doing his job.

In a statement, Dunn Police Chief C.A. White said the department was notified Sunday of the arrest which occurred at Pendergraph’s home in Johnston County.

“The case is currently being investigated by the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office and a review is being conducted by the Professional Standards Division of the Police Department. We are unable to comment further on this arrest as it involves a personnel matter.”

Pendergraph was held without bail Sunday morning in the Johnston County Jail pending a court appearance Monday. Following her court appearance today, she was released on an unsecured bond.


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    • What exactly does being human have to do with getting drunk and beating up your wife..threatening a child and then cursing out the police at 3 or 4 in the morning?

  2. If it would have happened in Harnett County it would be hush hush, or if he/she/it worked somewhere in Johnston County we wouldn’t know anything about it!! But since it crossed County lines both counties are trying to make the other County look bad!!!

  3. Rom 1:21  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 
    Rom 1:22  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 
    Rom 1:23  And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. 
    Rom 1:24  Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 
    Rom 1:25  Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. 
    Rom 1:26  For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 
    Rom 1:27  And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. 
    Rom 1:28  And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 
    Rom 1:29  Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 
    Rom 1:30  Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 
    Rom 1:31  Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 
    Rom 1:32  Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. 

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