The N.C. Highway Patrol has charged the chairman of the Johnston County Visitors Bureau with driving while impaired.
Keith Harold Brinson, 46, of Princeton was charged April 10 after a single-vehicle wreck in Wayne County, the Highway Patrol reported.
Brinson submitted to a Breathalyzer test and registered 0.15 twice – nearly double the legal limit of 0.08, according to Lt. Jeff Gordon. Brinson did not respond to requests for comment.
Brinson was driving a 2008 Ford 250 truck and pulling a trailer when he ran off the right side of Old Smithfield Road just west of Goldsboro, the Highway Patrol reported. The truck came back onto the road, crossed the center line, ran off the road to the right a second time and struck a ditch.
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The truck overturned and came to rest on its side in the front yard of a home. The trailer detached and overturned in the road, according to a wreck report.
The wreck caused about $50,000 in damage to Brinson’s truck and $1,000 to the yard in the 100 block of Old Smithfield Road. Brinson was treated at the scene for minor injuries, according to the report.
Brinson was released from custody and is awaiting his Wayne County District Court appearance on May 26, according to court documents.
Brinson also serves on the Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He is listed online as an agent at N.C. Farm Bureau Insurance. Brinson also ran an unsuccessful Johnston County commissioner campaign in 2014.
Chamber President Rick Childrey described Brinson as a longtime volunteer, supporter and leader at the chamber.
“This is a personal matter, and we hope it will be resolved appropriately,” Childrey said.
Donna Bailey-Taylor, president and chief executive of the Johnston County Visitors Bureau, said she could not comment on whether Brinson would remain chairman, noting that the tourism board had not met since his arrest.
Abbie Bennett: 919-553-7234, Ext. 101; @AbbieRBennett