911 call led to WHA CEO’s DWI arrest, blew .35 BAC

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Submitted: Wed, 09/11/2013 - 3:54am
Updated: Wed, 09/11/2013 - 12:33pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A 911 call from a concerned driver Sunday led police to Wilmington Housing Authority CEO Michael Krause, who was charged with DWI after blowing a blood alcohol level about four times the legal limit.

A man with a female passenger in the car called 911 Sunday afternoon to report a White Toyota 4Runner driving erratically on Oleander Drive heading toward Wrightsville Beach.

“There’s a gentlemen in a vehicle that’s swerving all over the road,” the man told an operator.

Click here to listen to the 911 call that led to Krause’s arrest

As they passed Greenville Loop Road, the caller said the driver had almost run another car off the road.

“A few times he’s been swerving all over the place, and he’s been on the center line, on the edge of the road, and (it’s) just concerning that he would hurt someone as he’s driving,” the caller said.

The caller told the operator the driver almost rear-ended someone near Mayfaire. The caller continued to follow the SUV and provided the operator constant updates.

The man and woman argued briefly when he would not follow as closely as she wanted him to.

“He could kill somebody,” the woman said.

The operator told the man to tell the woman he should not put himself in danger.

The caller said the driver ran over medians on Wells Ave. in a neighborhood and ran a stop sign turning onto Windemere Road. Police later arrested Krause at his home on the street. Today, no one answered the door when we went by to see if Krause had anything to say.

The couple who called 911 agreed to meet a police officer at Mayfaire to describe what they had seen.

WPD spokeswoman Linda Rawley said Krause did not take a breath test. Instead, she said police collected a blood sample, but the results of that test are not yet available.

A dispatch log, though, shows that after police arrived at Krause’s home, they gave him an Alco Sensor test. The log shows the first test registered a .35 BAC, which is more than four times the legal limit of .08. The second and third tests each registered .31.

Police later took a barefoot Krause to the New Hanover County Jail, where he joked with officers and admitted he had been drinking. He said he also sometimes takes the prescription drug Ambien.

Krause asked WHA for a leave of absence yesterday after already being scheduled to be off for a few days to start the week. The WHA Board of Directors has called a special meeting Thursday morning to discuss what happened.

Krause is due back in court November 26.

Krause’s arrest is his second for DWI since taking over WHA in 2008. In 2009 he was charged with DWI after blowing .23 on a breath test. He later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a fine and community service.


  • Boogie Man says:

    Two driving under the influence and a high paying government position makes him a shoe in for a position with Wilmington Police Department or Wrightsville PD and last but not least of them all…..
    Yup New Hanover Sheriff Dept. Might be over qualified for them all so maybe City or county fire might have to do… Ridiculous!

  • Guest 10101 says:

    To be able to tolerate that much alcohol in your system and still be able to stand up, a person must really practice at excessive consumption. A lot.

  • Guest3367 says:

    That was one of the stupidest comments ever made.

  • fleebailey says:

    With the state of public housing, he may have been drinking on the job.

  • kzpony says:

    I just listened to the 911 call. I just want to say thank you to this couple who not only phoned this in, but also followed him to his destination, stayed on the phone with 911, AND volunteered their time ( not knowing how long this would take) to sit at the cinema at Mayfair to speak to an officer personally. While we now know that they could have witnessed terrible accidents that Krause could have easily caused, or the danger to the children in the neighborhood or pedestrians in Mayfair, they kept up with him and VOLUNTARILY gave the police what they needed. I wonder, with the distance he traveled being in this condition, did 911 receive any other calls about him? We live in a world where people turn a blind eye to crime, and this DEFINATELY was a punishable and obvious crime. He was beyond intoxicated…he was near self inflicted death and he was MALICIOUSLY driving while impaired which is, in my book, is threat to kill or cause bodily damage (to others). Thank you again to the couple on the road that made the call, and thank you to the 911 operator who controlled the situation beautifully.

  • Loafers says:

    Me thinks maybe you had one (five) too many mimosas with the boys.

  • Guest-o-matic says:

    …10 tea-glasses of straight vodka with whiskey chasers too damn many!!! Whoever he was with that allowed him to drive anywhere in that condition should be arrested as well!

  • Guest2012 says:

    It should be, “Michael Krause Has Been Relieved of His Duties.” So, WHY HAVEN’T YOU FIRED HIM YET??????????

    Wilmington realizes that the Directors most likely plan to be on vacation, unavailable for comment or just plain MIA, until this simmers down, blows over and everyone forgets about it.

    Don’t bet on it Board of Directors. Unlikely!!! It is time to hold YOU ALL Accountable.

    Do you understand that word?????? ACCOUNTABILITY!

    The Subsidized Housing Voucher People are (tongue in cheek) HELD ACCOUNTABLE, but it is clearly a “Do as I SAY, Not as I Do” scene at the helm.

    THIS IS WHY WE DO NOT SUPPORT WHA. City Council should limit their dealings with WHA.

  • fleebailey says:

    He was about .05 from being dead.

  • GuestGuest says:

    Good thing for him, he is not on the Section 8 program because his subsidy may be at jeporady of being terminated.

  • Guest-o-matic says:

    Blood/Alcohol poisoning…DEATH! It would take in excess of a fifth of vodka to get that tanked! And at 4:30 in the afternoon, what the heck? Get some serious help Krause, you’re on a suicide mission. Hope those drinks were worth that 120K+/year job you snuck into! I’s a miracle you didn’t kill someone driving that drunk! Bye-bye!!!

  • SouthEastNC says:

    I want to party with Michael!

  • ChefnSurf says:

    Some things are funny ….. This is not.

    Your comment indicates that you have less common sense than the amount a dog could impart to a mushroom.

    My condolences.

  • Guest-o-matic says:

    …Jeffery Dahmer. Too bad that can’t happen. Keep trying though…you’ll get there! Have faith in you own stupidity.

  • taxpayer says:

    where was he drinking?

  • resident says:

    I am thankful nobody has been killed by Mr. Krause. Let’s pray he gets help and recovers. I do not see how the Board of WHA can overlook the actions of their CEO.

    I hope the Board realizes that if they do not take serious action that their lack of oversight could contribute to someone’s death. I do not understand how anyone can still have confidence in his decision making ability. Clearly his alcohol abuse has or will impact his performance on the job.

  • Tracie C says:

    @taxpayer: all your questions could be answered if you look long enough at ANY bar in Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach. Where do you think all of our elected officials that have “one too many” would be hanging out?

  • Willy Wonka says:

    Hey maybe he should just be moved over to being the CEO for ABC Stores?? Couldn’t be any worse then the father n son duo crook team “The Williams”… How much $$$$ was stolen by them?? Anyhow im certain he will get a little slap on the wrist and a oh poor me I have a drinking problem loa with pay…

  • Tracie C says:

    If you think the only person holding a major position with our city/county that’s drinking and driving you REALLY don’t get out much. Disgustingly selfish morons all.

  • Gnus2me says:

    Tracie, you must be thinking about the same person I’m thinking about. Wilmington City Councilman…never see him at the various social functions without a significant number under his belt.

  • taxpayer says:

    Inquiring minds want to know.

  • Tracie C says:

    THAT guy actually called a cab today (if it’s the same one I’m thinking about – too bad he won’t call one after drinking though, so sad) but I have been witness to a lawyer or 2. Wish I could have had THEM pulled.
    The only solution is to remove driving privilege IMMEDIATELY after the FIRST offense. ALL driving privilege. OH, and this guy should DEFINITELY lose his job!

  • Gnus2me says:

    Put one of those top hats on him and think W.C. Fields…

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