The police chief in the Nash County town of Bailey was charged with driving while impaired Monday night after he was involved in a wreck outside Knightdale, where he lives.
According to the Highway Patrol, John Arthur Ennis, 31, of 1034 Robertson St., was involved in a single-car wreck at the intersection of Robertson and Mailman Road, about 1,000 feet from his house, that led to his arrest on a charge of driving while impaired.
Troopers responded to the wreck scene at about 7:20 p.m. Monday. According to the Highway Patrol, Ennis had been traveling west on Robertson Road in his 2007 Honda Civic when it ran off the road to the right. Ennis overcorrected and the car turned over and came to rest upright.
Ennis was bruised but had no serious injuries.
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Troopers believed Ennis was impaired at the time of the wreck. He registered a blood alcohol content of 0.21, nearly three times the legal limit.
In addition to DWI, he was charged with careless and reckless driving.
Ennis, who makes about $38,000 a year, has been suspended from his job in Bailey, town officials said.