Former Greensboro police chief charged with DWI


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

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GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — Former Greensboro Police Chief Tim Bellamy has been charged with driving while impaired.

Bellamy was traveling in a vehicle near Interstate 40 when he was stopped by a North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper at about 12:40 a.m. Saturday.

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

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

The trooper also said Bellamy did poorly on a field sobriety test, according to records. Bellamy blew a .09 on a Breathalyzer test, just slightly above the .08 legal limit.

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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