Raleigh police seize records of suspected drunk driver in fatal crash

tmcdonald@newsobserver.comOctober 31, 2013 

— It’s been more than five months since police charged Ray Norman Rouse IV with being impaired and driving in the wrong direction north of downtown when he collided head-on with another car and killed an elderly couple returning from church.

Rouse, 34, of Raleigh has been in custody at the Wake County jail since May 3 on two counts of second-degree murder and felony death by motor vehicle. He is being held under a $2 million bail, a jail spokesman said Monday.

Police have continued their investigation of the circumstances surrounding the St. Patrick’s Day accident on Wade Avenue that took the lives of Ormond Bailey, 83, and his wife, Gaynell Bailey 79.

Investigators on Monday used a search warrant to recover Rouse’s emergency medical records to record the “observations of emergency medical technicians” who responded to the crash and the “results of any tests” Rouse underwent the day of the accident, according to a search warrant filed Wednesday at the Wake County Clerk of Courts Office.

It was about 1:18 p.m. on a Sunday when the Baileys were riding home from church in a 2002 Gran Marquis. The Bailey’s car was traveling in the eastbound lanes of Wade Avenue when Rouse ended up traveling west in the eastbound lanes after he made a left hand turn off West Street, according to the search warrant application.

Witnesses told police that several cars swerved to avoid hitting the 2008 Kia Spectra Rouse was driving. The Kia struck the Gran Marquis head-on just west of Filmore Street, police reported.

The Baileys, who were trying to get home to watch the Atlantic Coast Conference basketball tournament, were rushed to WakeMed in Raleigh where they both died later that afternoon. Police reported that Rouse, who was also seriously injured, had a “strong odor of alcohol on his person and clothing,” Raleigh Senior Officer P.G. Manukas stated in the search warrant application.

The police request for Rouse’s emergency medical records comes on the heels of another head-on crash early Sunday that occurred when a Dudley man suspected of impaired driving wound up speeding in the wrong direction on Interstate 440, between Six Forks and Wake Forest roads.

Police say David Viva Xicotencatl’s 2001, Chevrolet Malibu was traveling west in the eastbound lanes of I-440 at more than 80 mph when it hurtled head-on into a 1997 Mazda. The driver of the Mazda, Elizabeth Camille Bullock, 20, of Franklinton, died instantly. Emergency workers transported Xicotencatl, 25, to WakeMed in Raleigh where he died of his injuries.

A police accident report made public this week indicated that investigators suspected Xicotencatl of being impaired by drugs or alcohol. They are awaiting a toxicology test results from the state medical examiner’s office.

McDonald: 919-829-4533

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