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Raleigh man indicted in wrong-way DWI wreck

Posted April 23, 2013
Updated May 10, 2013

— A Raleigh man who police say killed two people in a head-on collision on Wade Avenue last month was indicted Monday on two counts of felony death by vehicle and one count of driving while impaired.

Investigators say Ray Norman Rouse IV, 34, was driving west in an eastbound lane on the afternoon of March 17 when he struck a car driven by Ormond Jackson Bailey.

Bailey, 83, and his wife, Gaynell Batton Bailey, 79, died from their injuries at WakeMed.

According to a search warrant for his cellphone, Rouse smelled of alcohol on his person and his clothing. A witness reported that he was coming from a brunch and had been drinking alcohol prior to the wreck, the warrant stated.

Police have previously said that he could face more charges upon his release from WakeMed.

He was listed Monday in fair condition.

According to court records, Rouse 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.

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


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  • LocalYokel Apr 25, 2013

    diane7183, If you want GREAT news your in the wrong place. The N&O has reported that "His Wake County case was dismissed in 2005, according to court records, when a Morrisville police officer failed to show for the hearing."

    Another failure of law enforcement to protect us from bad drivers...

  • diane7183 Apr 24, 2013

    The only thing I would like to know is why these charges in 2005 and 2006 were dismissed. Now that would be a GREAT news story!

  • 3TeensGrowinUp2Fast Apr 24, 2013

    People will never learn, even after caught in 2001, he is back out and got caught again, lord knows how many times in between he was behind the wheel while impaired. It's a crime that 2 innocent people had to lose their lives because of this guy's choice to get behind the wheel after drinking. A crime! Fullest extent of the law, punish him so he doesn't kill anyone else.

  • woodrock223 Apr 24, 2013

    too bad the couple couldnt have been spared and he died in the wreck. i dont see how you can be so careless and have such disregard for other human beings.

  • Obamacare survives Apr 24, 2013

    jenjengirl89, was that really necessary?

  • map1agmachining Apr 24, 2013

    15 years sounds good for this. He might be sober by then. He was at brunch,who cares! He was drunk and two are in dead now.

  • jenjengirl89 Apr 24, 2013

    "a head-on collision on Wade Avenue last week "
    By "last week", WRAL really means Sunday, March 17.

  • luv2funrun Apr 24, 2013

    Listed in stable conditon Monday and those poor other folks are dead! At least he'll get to see his Mom on Mother's Day. Thanks to him, the couples kids will NEVER see, talk or hug them again. I'm furious!!!!!

  • HANS FOR PRESIDENT!!!!! JK Apr 24, 2013

    It sucks to see a history like this that often leads to innocent people dying. And even then the punishment doesn't fit the crime. No consequences=no regard for the law

  • dehowell2 Apr 24, 2013

    I hope the Governor does not allow the weekend visit mess to happen. He killed two innocent people - period; the sentence should be at least 10 years in prison with NO WEEKENDS off ( like the Dr gets)