Driver charged with being drunk, passing stopped school bus

From staff reportsFebruary 6, 2013 

— Raymond Dexter Bryant, 54, of 109 Gun Powder Road in Louisburg, has been charged with driving while impaired after a police officer saw him pass a stopped school bus in North Raleigh.

Police accused a suspected drunken driver of passing a stopped school bus early Wednesday in North Raleigh.

No injuries were reported.

Raymond Dexter Bryant, 54, of 109 Gun Powder Road in Louisburg, has been charged by Raleigh police with driving while impaired, an open container violation and passing a stopped school bus, according to arrest warrants filed at the Wake County Magistrate’s Office.

Investigators accused Bryant of having a blood alcohol content of .21, nearly three times the legal limit of .08 and riding with an opened gallon of vodka inside of his Dodge pickup truck when police stopped him at 6:30 a.m. on Overlook Road, court records show.

Someone called 911 early Wednesday to report what appeared to be an impaired driver. The officer who arrived at the scene reported that Bryant’s pickup truck was traveling about 20 mph on Overlook Road, which has a posted speed limit of 45 mph.

According to the warrants, the Dodge ran off the road several times, nearly hit a mailbox, passed a stop school bus and almost hit a tractor trailer truck as the officer caught up to him, court records show.

When the Dodge pulled into the parking lot of Bryant’s employer, Norway Contractor Services, the vehicle almost hit a business trailer.

Bryant told police that, in addition to the vodka found in his truck, he had consumed a gallon of vodka before 11 p.m. the previous night, court records show.

He was being at the Wake County jail until deemed sober, then he was eligible to be released for $3,000 bail, court records show.

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