Crime & Courts

City won't investigate ex-official's traffic stop

Columbia's assistant city manager for public safety says the city will not formally investigate an incident Monday involving former state assistant attorney general Roland Corning.

Corning, who is a former state legislator from Northeast Richland, left his job with the attorney general's office hours after he was pulled over on suspicion of illegal activity Monday afternoon. Corning identified himself to the police officer as an employee of the attorney general's office and was not charged with a crime.

The city's Mike King said the department will conduct an administrative review, which involves reviewing radio traffic and video recordings of the incident to ensure the department's policies and procedures were followed.

Wednesday afternoon, Columbia Police Chief Tandy Carter said in a news conference that the officer handled the incident "textbook perfectly."

Officer Mike Wines stopped Corning after seeing his vehicle pull into a secluded spot in Elmwood Cemetery in downtown Columbia. An 18-year-old employee of Platinum Plus Gentlemen's Club was also in the car, Wines reported.

Carter said Wines released Corning after a search of his vehicle yielded nothing illegal and "no criminal acts were observed."