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Roanoke Rapids City Attorney Charged With DWI

Posted January 25, 2008 10:56 a.m. EST
Updated January 25, 2008 11:10 a.m. EST

— The new city attorney for Roanoke Rapids has been charged with drunken driving, authorities said.

Highway Patrol troopers charged Gilbert Chichester with driving while impaired on Jan. 17 after they observed him driving erratically on N.C. Highway 4 outside Rocky Mount, authorities said.

Troopers said Chichester's blood-alcohol content was measured at the scene at 0.14 and 0.15, almost twice North Carolina's legal limit of 0.08.

The incident marked the second time Chichester was charged with DWI in Nash County. A 2002 case ended in a conviction on a misdemeanor charge of careless and reckless driving, authorities said.

Chichester replaced Glynn Rollins on Jan. 8 as Roanoke Rapids city attorney. There was no word Friday on whether he faces any disciplinary action from the city.

He is scheduled to appear in court on March 7.