HICKORY, NC (WSIC) – A Statesville Police Department investigator whose assigned vehicle was involved in a hit-and-run after he reported it stolen New Year’s Day has been arrested on charges of filing a false police report and obstruct and delay an investigation.
The Hickory Police Department says it tried multiple times over the past several weeks to serve the misdemeanor warrants on Christopher Rivera. His arrest Thursday comes following a series of media reports about the case.
According to the Hickory Police Department, Rivera reported the city-owned vehicle stolen at 1 a.m. that morning in the 6000 block of Glenwood Place Court. This is in south Hickory not far off Highway 127. An assault was also reported.
Roughly eight hours later, shortly before 9:00, the Highway Patrol responded to a single-vehicle hit-and-run where it found the vehicle crashed into trees at the intersection of River Road and Sandy Ford Road. The Highway Patrol’s report estimates the driver was traveling at the posted speed limit, 45, before the accident and about 35 at the time of impact.
Statesville Police Chief David Addison tells WSIC by email Rivera has “retired.” An internal investigation continues at the Statesville Police Department and the agency is determining how this will impact cases he was asssigned to.
Stay with WSIC for continued coverage of this developing story.