NC Central police chief Bellamy charged with DWI

The Associated Press

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GREENSBORO— The police chief at North Carolina Central University has been charged with driving while impaired.

State troopers said 54-year-old Timothy Bellamy was at a driver's license checkpoint in Greensboro around 12:30 a.m. Saturday when an officer smelled alcohol on his breath and noticed his eyes were red and glassy.

Authorities say Bellamy did poorly on sobriety tests and registered a blood-alcohol level of .09 percent. The legal limit to drive is .08 percent.

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

Bellamy told WFMY-TV he couldn't talk about the case, referring all questions to his lawyer, who could not be reached.

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

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