He walked in and interrupted troopers’ meeting. He walked out charged with DWI.

Chad William Johnson
Chad William Johnson

A Clayton man walked into a N.C. Highway Patrol meeting at a Johnston County fire department to drop off a job application.

He walked out under arrest for allegedly driving while intoxicated.

Chad William Johnson, 40, drove his pickup truck to the Cleveland Fire Department to hand in a job application. But he walked in on 21 state troopers assigned to Johnston County holding a monthly meeting at the fire station.

Johnson shook hands with the troopers and thanked them for serving their community, according to the Johnston County Highway Patrol office.

But while accepting Johnson’s thanks, troopers reportedly noticed a strong smell of alcohol and Johnson’s bloodshot eyes.

Troopers administered field sobriety tests, and the Highway Patrol said Johnson failed the tests. He registered a 0.18 blood alcohol level, according to a Breathalyzer test – more than double the .08 state limit.

Johnson was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated. He was released on bond pending a court appearance.