FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Cops found beer cans months ago in crashed Fair Bluff car

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Submitted: Fri, 02/08/2013 - 4:59am
Updated: Fri, 02/08/2013 - 1:43pm

FAIR BLUFF, NC (WWAY) — New information in Fair Bluff on a town car that crashed last month. New details show this same car may have been involved in another incident involving alcohol.

Fair Bluff worker Billie Johnson admitted he’d been drinking before crashing the car in a late-night accident Jan. 26, but it appears this is not the first time Fair Bluff has had issues with alcohol and town vehicles.

WWAY obtained a police report from October. In it a Fair Bluff Police officer says he saw a town-owned car parked at Cypress Village Apartments with an opened beer can in the cup holder. Earlier that day, the officer saw the same car, a white Mercury Sable, parked outside of the town maintenance garage. He says he saw people hanging out around the car and found two more cans of the same brand of beer.

Records show it was the same car wrecking two weeks ago. In that accident Johnson told police he had been drinking before swerving to avoid something in the road around 1:30 a.m. on a Saturday and flipping the car into a ditch. Police say Johnson left the scene of the accident and blew a 0.08 on an alcohol breath test eight hours after the crash.

Town officials say Johnson is still employed and will probably get a town car again in the future.

We wanted to know if the car was assigned to Johnson at the time of the first incident, but Fair Bluff Mayor Randy Britt has not returned several calls this afternoon.

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8 Comments on "FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Cops found beer cans months ago in crashed Fair Bluff car"

2015 years 8 months ago

So for “Months” Officers knew he was drinking and driving correct? And for “months” they did nothing about it correct? And this comes “months” after the former Police Chief was arrested correct? So “months” ago all the town council hired was another “puppet” to do what ever the town council says correct? It’s a shame you can’t just hire a Cop to be a Cop anymore..

2015 years 8 months ago

the SBI only comes in on order of the AG, or a request from the local District Attorney, or a request from the Sheriff.

Do you really think any of those will make such a request?

Think Logically, if the SBI could not or would not investigate former State Senator Soles, they sure are not going to waste dwindling assets in funds and manpower over something like this.

Citizen of the Republic
2015 years 8 months ago

I’m sure they have an email address also.

State Bureau of Investigation
Post Office Box 29500
Raleigh, NC 27626
Telephone: (919) 662-4500
Fax: (919) 662-4523

2015 years 8 months ago

Something is very wrong here. Why are they covering up all the info and why isn’t something being done with him since this isn’t the first incident?

Last year, Tabor City stayed in the news with Soles, this year I guess it will be Fair Bluff. Sounds like the town is being run by good ole boys and they have their own system of justice. The people of Fair Bluff need to demand answers, but maybe they are too scared of the people running the town.

I say bring in the SBI and let them deal with it

2015 years 8 months ago

So let me get this straight,same vehicle two seperate inccidents,and what? he gets grounded from useing a city vehicle,pretty stiff punishment if you ask me,but what the hell,Im just a tax paying citizen,what do I know?

2015 years 8 months ago

re-read the item. It states he most likely will get another city vehicle.

Why not take some action rather than venting your spleen?

Contact the League of Municipalities in Raleigh. Confirm whether they insure the town. If they do ask them to investigate further.

Very least, he will be barred from driving any town owned and INSURED vehicle. If his job requires him to have vehicle access, the Insurance Company may require the addition of one of theose vehicle alcohol devices which would prevent him from driving and might require random screenings for alcohol levels.

That would accomplish something. The question is whether you want to invest the effort required.

Peyton Garrett
2015 years 8 months ago

Had been drinking and swerved to miss something in the road. It must have been that Pink Elephant that roams around Fair Bluff. Are they serious in their assertions that this man will continue to drive and be assigned another town vehicle? I am sure their insurance carrier would be thrilled to hear that bit of information. Does this employee own the only set of keys to this town? He really must have the goods on every soul who runs this town. WOW!

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2015 years 8 months ago

Apparently…this Billie Johnson has something naughty on someone high up in the town, so he can do as he pleases.
He has something on someone…no doubt…and the Mayor won’t call you back…just wishes you would go away…down upon the Suwannee River!