DWI Case Postponed Against Civilian Living in Fort Bragg Barracks

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The drunken-driving case that blew the cover of a civilian who allegedly pretended to be a soldier to live in a Fort Bragg Special Forces barracks is postponed again.

Triston Marquell Chase, 21, was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on the drunken-driving charge and several other charges from his Dec. 12 arrest. Now his arraignment, before a magistrate at the federal courthouse in Fayetteville, likely will be rescheduled for Sept. 7, said Robert Waters, Chase's lawyer.

The court did not make Chase's scheduled appearance Wednesday mandatory, Waters said.

At an arraignment, the magistrate outlines the charges a defendant faces and asks if he will plead guilty or not guilty.

A military investigation determined that Chase pretended to be a soldier and lived for months in 2015 in a barracks of the 3rd Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg.

He got caught, and his alleged deception was uncovered in December when he was arrested on post on suspicion of driving drunk. Following his arrest, Chase was given six charges: drunken driving; resisting, delaying or obstructing an officer; having an open container of alcohol in the car he was driving; unauthorized use of a motor vehicle; driving with a suspended driver's license; and consuming alcohol and then driving while under the age of 21.

Those are the charges for which Chase is to be arraigned.

In Harnett County, Chase has pending charges from 2014 of financial card theft, identify theft, larceny of a firearm, breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods.

He is scheduled to appear at the Harnett County Courthouse in Lillington on Tuesday on those charges.

In Cumberland County District Court, Chase has pending charges from this year of assault on a female, failure to wear a seatbelt while driving, driving with a revoked license and making an unsafe movement. His Cumberland County cases are scheduled for Aug. 22 and Aug. 23.

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