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COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) – The investigation into a Fair Bluff town employee is complete, according to Police Chief Justin Hewett, and more charges could be coming.
A police report states that an officer spotted bystanders pulling Johnson out of the car.
According to the report, after the officer made sure no one else was involved in the crash, he went to find Johnson, but witnesses told him Johnson left to go use the bathroom. The report states Johnson never returned to the scene.
Police said they could smell alcohol coming from inside the car, but could not find any containers. Officers said Johnson called 911 around 9:00 a.m. to report the car had been stolen.
Authorities went to Johnson's home, where he agreed to blow into an alcohol monitoring device. According to police he blew 0.08.
Hewett said Johnson was not tested at the crash site because he left the scene while an officer was checking to see if anyone else was involved.
Mayor Randy Britt said Johnson was not fired because he didn't blow a 0.08 at the crash site, but hours later while he was at home.
According to Britt, Johnson had been with the town for at least 15 years, has a good employee record, and did not violate any town policies.
Johnson was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision and failure to notify law enforcement of an accident.
Hewett said Monday more charges could be pending. Monday, we also found out town employees subject to emergency calls after hours are eligible to take a vehicle home.
Hewett said they plan to serve Billie Johnson a warrant for filing a false police report sometime Tuesday.
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