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Mayor says no plans to fire employee who blew a 0.08 hours after crashing town vehicle

FAIR BLUFF, NC (WECT) - According to Fair Bluff Police, at 1:30 a.m. Saturday, Billie Johnson, a town employee flipped a town vehicle he was driving.

A police report states that an officer spotted bystanders pulling Johnson out of the car.

According to the report, after the officer made sure no one else was involved in the crash, he went to find Johnson, but witnesses told him Johnson left to go use the bathroom. The report states Johnson never returned to the scene.

Police say there was an odor of alcohol coming from inside of the car, but they did not find any alcohol containers. According to officers, around 9 a.m., Johnson called 911 reporting the car stolen.

Officers say they went to Johnson's home and he agreed to blow into an alcohol monitoring device. Police say he blew 0.08. 

WECT asked mayor Randy Britt why Johnson was still employed, and asked Police Chief Justin Hewett why Johnson was not given a breath test at the crash site. 

Mayor Randy Britt tells WECT that Johnson was not fired because he did not blow 0.08 at the crash site.

Britt adds that Johnson blew 0.08 hours later at home. Britt also says that Johnson, who's been with the town for at least 15 years, has a good employee record and did not violate any town polices.

Police Chief Justin Hewett says that Johnson was not tested at the crash because he left while his officer was checking to see if anyone else was involved.

According to Hewett, his officer did not know where Johnson lived. 

Johnson was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision and failure to notify law enforcement of an accident. 

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