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Carrboro Investigating Fire Chief After His Arrest

Posted December 28, 2005 12:37 p.m. EST

— Carrboro town officials are speaking out for the first time about the weekend arrest of the town's fire chief.

Carrboro Town Manager Steve Stewart said Wednesday that the town is investigating the off-duty incident involving Fire Chief Rodney Murray, who was charged with driving while impaired, as well as charges of making harassing phone calls and refusing to stop for police officers.

According to an arrest warrant from Durham police, a woman filed a complaint against Murray over the weekend, claiming he was repeatedly making harassing phone calls to her late Friday into early Saturday.

Later, police arrested Murray after they responded to a single-car accident near the woman's residence. Officers reported that alcohol was a factor in the crash.

Murray, who has been on medical leave since November according to statement released to the media, was placed on indefinite sick leave Tuesday.

Deputy Fire Chief Travis Crabtree has assumed the duties of Carrboro fire chief.

Court records show that in 1991, Murray was convicted of driving while impaired and that his driver's license was temporarily revoked.