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NCCU police chief charged with DWI

Posted August 3, 2014 1:30 p.m. EDT
Updated August 3, 2014 3:13 p.m. EDT

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.