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ONLY ON 3: Fair Bluff worker legally drunk eight hours after wrecking town car

FAIR BLUFF, NC (WWAY) — Folks in Fair Bluff are wondering if a town worker got off easy after crashing a town car. The other question is if he was drunk when it happened.

A witness to the accident says Billie Johnson is a good man who made a mistake, but that something needs to be done about it.

Fair Bluff Police say around 1:30 a.m. Saturday Johnson flipped his town car into a ditch. Bystanders helped pull Johnson from the car. Police say Johnson then ran away.

A witness, who asked we not reveal his identity, says that’s not exactly what happened.

“A friend of mine pulled him out, and he was drunk,” the witness said. “The police let him go home and sleep it off, and he came back and blowed the next day.”

Police say when they found Johnson at his home the next morning he lied to them by saying the car had been stolen, even though an officer saw him at the scene the night before.

Johnson consented to a breath test, and eight hours after the accident blew a 0.08, even though an incident report says he told police he did not drink anything after the crash. According to the report, police believe his blood alcohol level would have been three times the legal limit at the time of the crash.

“It’s a little road that he flipped on, but my understanding is that if you’re driving drunk in a town and you’re driving drunk in their car… that’s not right,” the witness said.

Despite his blood alcohol being over the legal limit, Johnson was not charged with DWI. Instead police charged him with failure to reduce speed, failure to notify law enforcement of an accident and injury to real property.

“I don’t think it’s right,” the witness said. “If it was me, I would have been in jail, and my license would have been taken, and I wouldn’t have no job. I’m not talking bad about him, because he is a good guy, but he’s not above the law, too.”

Fair Bluff Mayor Randy Britt says the town is aware of the situation. Johnson was at work today and once again was driving a town vehicle. We tried to track him down for comment, but we could not find him, and his supervisor would not tell us where he was.

Johnson is due in court March 12.

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