Former Greensboro police chief charged with DWI suspended from current police job

Timothy R. Bellamy being sworn in as director of public safety at North Carolina Central University in 2012. (Image: Nccu.edu)

Timothy R. Bellamy being sworn in as director of public safety at North Carolina Central University in 2012. (Image: Nccu.edu)

GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — A former Greensboro police chief who was charged with driving while impaired has been suspended from his current job as police chief at North Carolina Central University.

Tim Bellamy was charged with DWI after being pulled over by a North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper at about 12:40 a.m. Saturday.

Bellamy blew a .09 on a Breathalyzer test, just slightly above the .08 legal limit.

The trooper smelled a strong odor of alcohol on Bellamy’s breath and noticed he had red, glassy eyes, according to records.

The trooper also said Bellamy did poorly on a field sobriety test, according to records.

The records did not say exactly where Bellamy was stopped and a message for the trooper was not immediately returned Saturday.

A statement from North Carolina Central University reads:

North Carolina Central University is aware of the arrest of Timothy Bellamy, NCCU Chief of Police, on August 2, 2014. Chief Bellamy has been suspended with pay in accordance with university policies and procedures. As this is a legal matter, we are confident that the jurisdictions involved will conduct a thorough investigation into the incident.”

Bellamy is currently the police chief at North Carolina Central University in Durham and commutes to his Guilford County home. He was sworn in at the university in 2012.

Bellamy retired as Greensboro police chief in 2010 after serving on the force for 27 years. He was chief for three of those years.

Bellamy, 54, was released with a written promise to appear in court on Sept. 4, according to records.

The Greensboro News & Record contributed to this report.

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