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NCCU police chief charged with DWI

Posted August 3

North Carolina Central University Police Chief Tim Bellamy

— A former Greensboro police chief and current police chief for North Carolina Central University is facing DWI charges after he was stopped early Saturday.

According to state Highway Patrol, Timothy Ray Bellamy was arrested at 12:40 a.m. at a driver's license check point on suspicion of driving while impaired.

Trooper Baker said the check was being conducted at East Lee Street near Interstate 40 in Greensboro.

Bellamy, 54, registered a .09 blood alcohol level after being transported to the Guilford County Detention Center. The legal limit to drive is .08 percent.

The arrest report obtained by WFMY News 2 said Bellamy had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, red glassy eyes and did poorly on a field sobriety test. He was released on a written promise to appear in court.

Bellamy told WFMY News 2 he couldn't comment on the incident and referred calls to his attorney, who could not be reached. His court date is scheduled for Sept. 4.

The university says Bellamy has been suspended with pay after his arrest.

"As this is a legal matter, we are confident that the jurisdictions involved will conduct a thorough investigation into the incident," the university said in a statement.

Before going to NCCU, Bellamy spent 27 years in the Greensboro Police Department, working as chief for three years before retiring in 2010.

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  • kermit60 Aug 5, 10:30 a.m.

    I guarantee I can blow a .09 and drive better than majority. Posted by MichaelOps. And you can text and drive also I bet. Please put a sticker on your car identifying yourself so when I come to the accident in an ambulance I can not provide you with the care you need.

  • chivegas Aug 4, 3:47 p.m.

    I'm in favor of lowering the legal limit to 0.6 but that doesn't change the fact that 0.8 is the... View More

    — Posted by tri123

    Why are you in favor of lowering the limit to .06? How many people impaired between .07 and .08 cause crashes? I suspect very few. The real issue is with the peeps who are double and triple the legal limit. Many of whom are habitual offenders.

  • chivegas Aug 4, 3:42 p.m.

    I guarantee I can blow a .09 and drive better than majority.

    Maybe so, but you would still be im... View More

    — Posted by btneast

    This isn't France or Germany. Both of those countries have population areas that are much denser than most of the US. Therefore, they live near where they drink or at least have transportation options. In the US (especially NC), notsomuch...

    Furthermore, I don't know that checkpoints are legal in those countries.

    Remember, this po-po chief didn't get pulled over for drunk driving or appearing to drive drunk, or any other traffic offense. He got pulled over at a DUI checkpoint where cops are rewarded for finding reasons to give tickets, especially DUIs... So much for freedom.

  • chivegas Aug 4, 3:32 p.m.

    Ironic that he is posted in the main news and the NC State University officer charged with DWI... View More

    — Posted by Anita Woody

    Officers get arrested for DUI's all the time. When a police *chief* gets arrested, it's a bit more newsworthy.

  • iopsyc Aug 4, 3:22 p.m.

    I don't condone drinking and driving, however, the .08 law isn't a very good barometer. .08 for... View More

    — Posted by chivegas

    Can you provide a more detailed citation? Michigan vs US is pretty vague.

  • iron fist Aug 4, 3:20 p.m.

    This story keeps repeating itself? Why do so many police officers abuse alcohol? I know one... View More

    — Posted by jwsawyer

    I knew someone would have to throw in "race" Race or his job at NCCU had anything to do with the charges.

  • tri123 Aug 4, 3:04 p.m.

    I'm in favor of lowering the legal limit to 0.6 but that doesn't change the fact that 0.8 is the law, that lots of people are driving at 0.9. "Glass eyes" at 0.9? You've got to be kidding me; they were just fishing for what they could catch and I don't think even a law enforcement officer should lose their job over that.

  • euimport1 Aug 4, 2:57 p.m.

    should be held to higher standards. wonder how many he busted for the same thing as a cop?

  • Bullcity34 Aug 4, 2:52 p.m.

    Why would he submit to a roadside sobriety test. You do not have to submit to a roadside... View More

    — Posted by 45ACP

    Yeah then you are going to be compelled to a blood test. Can't refuse that pal

  • Anita Woody Aug 4, 2:30 p.m.

    Ironic that he is posted in the main news and the NC State University officer charged with DWI is not.

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