Bailey police chief charged with DWI
Posted May 17
Updated May 18
Knightdale, N.C. — 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.