EDEN, N.C. — The chairman of the Rockingham County commissioners was charged Saturday afternoon with DWI after crashing his truck.
Keith Mabe, 60, confirmed to FOX8 that he is charged with driving while intoxicated, traveling left of center and reckless driving.
Mabe crashed the 2004 Chevrolet Silverado pickup he was driving Saturday afternoon on N.C. 87, near Yount Road in Eden, authorities told the Greensboro News & Record.
No one was injured in the crash, in which Mabe ran off the road and struck some bushes and small trees.
Mabe said Sunday that he had taken some prescription medicine, which belonged to his deceased aunt, for an old back injury.
“I took four doses and I didn’t realize that the stuff was as powerful as it was,” Mabe said.
Troopers took Mabe to the Rockingham County jail, where he his blood-alcohol content was measured at 0.19, N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper J. Deardorff said. North Carolina’s legal limit is 0.08.
Deardorff said Mabe was released to the custody of his wife.
“He was completely polite and cooperative throughout the investigation,” Deardorff said. “He waited for the trooper after the collision.”
“I just erred in taking some medicine that was not mine and was a powerful pain killer,” said Mabe, of 254 Meadowood Road in Eden. “And I wouldn’t recommend that to nobody. They should take their own medicine.”