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Driver in Raleigh wrong-way wreck had previous DWI charges

Posted March 18, 2013

— A Raleigh man involved in a wrong-way collision in Raleigh Sunday had been charged with driving under the influence three previous times, according to court records.

According to a Raleigh police report, Ray Norman Rouse IV was going west in an eastbound lane of Wade Avenue when he struck a car driven by Ormond Jackson Bailey near the Glenwood Avenue exit. Bailey, 83, and his wife, Gaynell Batton Bailey, 79, died at WakeMed from their injuries.

An off-duty paramedic and his wife were among the first on the scene. She called 911.

"There are two sedans. It was a head-on. The guy was in the wrong lane driving down the road," the woman told the 911 dispatcher.

Rouse, 34, was also taken to WakeMed, where he was listed in critical condition on Monday. Police said they planned to charge him with DWI and driving the wrong way on a dual-lane highway once he is released from the hospital.

Wake County Assistant District Attorney Jeff Cruden said two warrants charging Rouse with felony death by motor vehicle also would be served on Rouse upon his release. Fatal Raleigh wrong-way collision Driver in fatal Raleigh collision faces felony charges

Rouse, a Goldsboro native and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill graduate, pleaded guilty to DWI in Durham County after a September 2001 arrest. Similar charges were dismissed against him in April 2005 in Wake County and February 2006 in Wake County, according to court records.

His family declined to comment Monday.

Friends of the Baileys said the couple was heading home after church and lunch to watch basketball on television when the crash occurred.

Wade Avenue was closed between Glenwood Avenue and Capital Boulevard for several hours while investigators were at the scene.

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  • jwstevens04 Mar 22, 2013

    mvschaffer77---I agree with you, but I will say this, if the Argus gets wind of it, you can guarantee they will get something wrong. I'm from Goldsboro as well and have known the family for as long as I can remember.

  • mvschaffer77 Mar 20, 2013

    @jwstevens04 I know he is from Goldsboro...I grew up there as well and went to school with Ray. I was just pointing out that the article not being in the News Argus doesn't necessarily have anything to do with money or politics because he isn't a current resident of Goldsboro so it wouldn't be a given to be covered by the local paper.

  • Crumps Br0ther Mar 20, 2013

    He's a victim of this society's concept of having fun means getting drunk, and St Patrick's Day is a drunken holiday. We're all victims in some way, adn we are all to share the blame." -djofraleigh

    I bounced at a bar this weekend downtown and flagged down lots and lots of cabs for people who were taking responsibilty for their fun. I would have flagged down a cab for this guy too if he had asked.

  • tarheelpatriot Mar 19, 2013

    "We don't know the condition of this driver today, do we? Let's hope he survives and finds a way to redeem himself for killing two people. He isn't an evil person, and advised people not to drink & drive in the st pat's day a year or two ago. He's a victim of this society's concept of having fun means getting drunk, and St Patrick's Day is a drunken holiday. We're all victims in some way, adn we are all to share the blame.
    djofraleigh"

    He is a victim ??? Really ???

  • Mods Hate Me Mar 19, 2013

    "He's a victim of this society's concept of having fun means getting drunk, and St Patrick's Day is a drunken holiday. We're all victims in some way, adn we are all to share the blame." -djofraleigh

    This guy is a victim? No, this guy is a double murderer. And, until we enact a stronger punishment as a society, this trend of drunk driving murders will continue to rise.

  • kodac31 Mar 19, 2013

    Wouldn't it be really really interesting if in the 2 DWI cases that were dismissed...that WRAL can find out that this man was represented by the former Defense Attorney and now multiple convicted Felon JAMES CROUCH who as we all know used illegal tactics to get DWI cases dismissed/altered. And even more interesting would be if the JUDGE in both those dismissed cases turned out to be the FORMER DISGRACED & CONVICTED CRIMINAL KRISTEN RUTH...Who signed off on all those illegal actions that Crouch was doing. If WRAL will do its job and provide this information to the people..as it can so easily do since ALL those records are public information....then we can find out if the infamous duo of CROUCH & RUTH were involved here in those dismissals!!! We expect no less than a full investigation here WRAL!

  • kodac31 Mar 19, 2013

    ATTENTION WRAL MODERATOR! PLEASE FORWARD THIS STATEMENT TO YOUR PRODUCERS, CRIME REPORTERS, ETC.
    The fact that this man has had 3 prior DWI arrest is disgusting! What's even MORE disgusting is that for (UNKNOWN REASONS AT THIS TIME) 2 OF THOSE DWI CHARGES WERE "DISMISSED" IN THE WAKE COUNTY JUDICIAL SYSTEM! WE THE PEOPLE & CITIZENS OF NC DESERVE ANSWERS AS TO WHY THEY WERE DISMISSED, WHAT DISTRICT ATTORNEY AUTHORIZED IT, WHO WAS THIS MANS DEFENSE LAWYER, & MOST IMPORTANTLY WHO WAS THE JUDGE THAT GAVE THE ULTIMATE AUTHORIZATION TO "DISMISS" THESE 2 DWI CASES...AND WHAT "REASONS" WERE DOCUMENTED ON THE DISMISSAL FORM!!!
    **EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THE QUESTIONS I'VE PROPOSED CAN EASILY BE ANSWERED BY HAVING A WRAL INVESTIGATION REPORTER HAVE THOSE CASE FILES PULLED. BY LAW, IT WILL INDICATE WHO THE PROSECUTOR WAS, DEFENSE ATTORNEY WAS, AND THE JUDGE, AND BY LAW IT ALSO **MUST** INCLUDE ON THE DISMISSAL FORM THE EXACT REASON(S) WHY HIS DWI WAS DISMISSED!! WE DEMAND ANSWERS! WRAL DO YOUR JOB!!!

  • Jimmytwotimes Mar 19, 2013

    I wonder how many people on here support DUI checkpoints but also dont want any firearm regulations. Dui checkpoints are major violation of the 4th amendment rights. So basically you are a hypocrite if you don't want anyone to violate your 2nd amendment gun rights but you think its ok to have your 4th amendment violated by DUI Check points. So either you support both amendments being violated or neither.

    Rip to the victims and condolences to the families, this is a horrible trajedy

  • djofraleigh Mar 19, 2013

    We don't know the condition of this driver today, do we? Let's hope he survives and finds a way to redeem himself for killing two people. He isn't an evil person, and advised people not to drink & drive in the st pat's day a year or two ago. He's a victim of this society's concept of having fun means getting drunk, and St Patrick's Day is a drunken holiday. We're all victims in some way, adn we are all to share the blame.

  • Jimmytwotimes Mar 19, 2013

    The arrogance behind that statement is what has changed the laws in NC since the 1950s, when DWI was treated as a relatively minor offense. Almost daily deaths in alcohol related driving have changed that in NC, and attitudes of drinkers who drive. They drink for the effect, then say they aren't affected, a self-evident fallacy

    What has changed the law is the need for the state to find more ways to get more money from the citizens. .08 is a joke and does not affect your driving. Cmon man.

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