Oak Island Water Rescue asst. chief arrested for DWI

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Submitted: Fri, 06/15/2012 - 8:34pm
Updated: Fri, 06/15/2012 - 8:50pm

OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — Oak Island Police say they arrested assistant Water Rescue chief Robert Reece Simmons for DWI yesterday after responding to the crash of a helicopter.

According to an arrest report, Simmons left the scene of a car accident near the Yaupon Pier after backing into another vehicle. Simmons first breath test showed a blood alcohol level of 0.14. That’s well above the legal limit of 0.08.

The StarNews says Simmons denies he was responding to the crash.


  • Guest32 says:

    Just this past week within my surrounding area, four people have died in car wrecks. Why haven’t I heard the Liberals calling for a BAN ON AUTOMOBILES? Where are all the mothers, Doctors and Victims of car crashes yelling obscenities about, How Bad Cars Are for our Health? Or How irresponsible people handle cars, and because of that, we should ALL not have cars?! Where is the Socialized Government on this??? Sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it? But, the government wants their taxes; people want their independence and freedom, so everyone is acceptable to a million or so deaths per year from automobile deaths and injuries. Which is an acceptable collateral damage – to the government and the people. Then, why isn’t any death, any collateral damage acceptable, when it comes to guns? Especially when the stakes are higher. It’s to protect your home and your physical body. To protect the members of your household. And, to tell your government – enough is enough. I guess you’d rather wait for a civil war to break out and lose it all. Ridiculous, isn’t it?

  • Guest100 says:

    Dispatch has the recording of him responding to the call. Reece radioed in several times that he was on the way and after arriving on the scene.
    I wonder if he would of been arrested this time if he hadn’t hit that other car. Being the mayor’s friend and neighbor has perks on Oak Island.

  • Guest12 says:

    WOW imagine that, Good thing he did’nt crash into a car while driving and put injury to the passengers. Shame on you Reese.Guess your not that upstanding person after all.

  • Guest52 says:

    I certainly understand and agree that responding to the call after having drank alcohol was not the greatest thing that Reece has done for the town. That said, he was not on duty and he is a volunteer.

    From my view, I am disappointed as I am sure he is that he was driving past the legal limit. If this was an habitual act I believe the town would need to take action.

    As it stands, I hope that we can move on. Reece has been good for the town and I hope that he continues to dedicate the energy to make Oak Island a place to be proud of.

  • Guest100 says:

    So he is only a volunteer and not on duty????? If he responded to the call, and it sounds like he was,or at least he thought he was, in command at the scene that is no big deal? That sounds like excuses, excuses, excuses.
    Is this habitual with Reece? Well let’s have an investigation and find out. Or is simply being the mayor’s good friend reason enough that we should all just “move on.”

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