FAIR BLUFF, NC (WECT) – Billy Johnson, a longtime town employee in Fair Bluff, recently admitted to drinking earlier in the evening prior to driving and crashing a town vehicle.
But, because officers didn't catch up with the employee until hours after the wreck, Johnson was not charged with any alcohol-related offenses.
Now, it appears this isn't the first time the town has had issues with alcohol and town vehicles. After receiving a tip, WECT obtained an operations report from the police department regarding an incident from last October.
Police Chief Justin Hewett said he has since turned the operations report over to council.
The report says an officer saw a town car parked at Cypress Village Apartments in Fair Bluff with an open beer can in the cup holder. The vehicle had the same license plate number as the one Johnson is accused of crashing recently. Mayor Randy Britt, however, said he was unaware of an open container being found in the town vehicle in October.
In the report from October, the officer noted he drove to the town's maintenance garage and found two more cans of the same brand of beer.
Britt said he's always told town employees when they pick up beer cans to drop them off at the town's garage instead of riding around with them in the back of the car.
According to Hewett, besides his department turning the report over to council, which he did, there's nothing else to be done because there was no criminal activity.
Britt said they have to be stricter on town employees for picking up people while they're driving town vehicles.
Thursday, WECT confronted Johnson we asked him if he had anything to say regarding the crash or blowing .08 hours later, but he said he did not want to talk.
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