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Bailey police chief charged with DWI

Posted May 17, 2016
Updated May 18, 2016

John Arthur Ennis

— The police chief for the Town of Bailey was charged Monday night with driving while impaired after being involved in a car accident, according to police documents.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol said that John Arthur Ennis, of Knightdale, was involved in a vehicle collision on Robertson Road around 7:21 p.m. Troopers smelled a strong odor of alcohol on Ennis' breath and said he was slurring his speech, according to the affidavit. Ennis also failed a sobriety test, the affidavit said.

Ennis told officers he was going to the store when he was involved in the accident, and he said he was taking prescription cold medicine, but he denied using alcohol. A breath test administered by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol recorded Ennis' blood alcohol content was .21.

Ennis has worked at the Bailey Police Department for the last four years, according to Wake County court documents.

By Wednesday, Mayor Timothy Johnson said Ennis had been suspended with pay.


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  • Delores Sharpe May 17, 2016
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    Don't Kick a Man when He's down. Everyone needs to learn all the facts before they go to Judging. We're all HUmans we all make mistakes. Don't be so quick to throw Him under the Bus. One day you may be in the same place one Day. I'm sure He didn't think He would Be on this News site today. He is a Great Guy and He would Help anyone He could. No one know what He is going through . People and there un Godly remarks. May God Bless each and Everyone of you. God Bless you John. Prayers up for you.

  • Betsy Sparks May 17, 2016
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    Prescription medicine strong enough to blow a .21? Prescription bottles for strong meds are loaded with warning labels telling you not to drive or operate heavy machinery while taking them. Liquid medicines can contain alcohol. A policeman should know all of that. It's called driving while impaired for a reason - alcohol and medicines are both covered by the law. His poor judgment should cost him his job.

  • Jarfaris Brown May 17, 2016
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    Every time I go through Bailey I'm making sure my speed is not over the speed limit. It's a place where you can very easily get a ticket. I guess he won't be issuing anymore tickets. Really sad, that he made such a bad decision.

  • Steven Cousler May 17, 2016
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    The soon to be former Bailey police chief. Extremely bad judgement call, young man.

  • Robert Fotch Jr May 17, 2016
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    Say it isn't so. Do as I say, not as I do. Right chief?

  • Lance Boyle May 17, 2016
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    .21 from cold meds wow