Confused man charged
SALISBURY ó An ěextremely confusedî Salisbury man was charged with impaired driving Thursday night after officers found him asleep in his car while parked in the road.
Salisbury Police officers said they could hear Billy Joseph Bush, 43, of 716 N. Fulton St., snoring in the driverís seat when they opened the vehicle doors. They were responding to reports that a man was slumped over the wheel of his car near the railroad tracks.
When Bush woke up, he reportedly told officers he was at the pool. The officers reported that Bush was extremely confused and had red, glassy eyes, slurred speech and a moderate odor of alcohol.
After failing sobriety tests, police say, he was arrested at 11:45 p.m. and taken to the Salisbury Police Department, where breath tests registered a blood alcohol content of 0.15 percent. The legal driving limit is .08 percent in North Carolina.
Bush was charged with impaired driving and was released into the custody of a family member.
In other Salisbury Police Department reports for Thursday:
James Michael Molitor reported the theft of three firearms valued at $750 on West Henderson Street between Sunday afternoon and Thursday morning. Molitor told police that the handguns stolen were a Kel Tec 9mm pistol, a Bersa Thunder 380 pistol and a Taurus .38 revolver.
Caleb Thomas Ford, of West 12th Street in Salisbury reported a burglary with unlawful entry between 3:45 p.m. and midnight Thursday. Ford told police that someone entered his home and stole a $300 IBM laptop computer, a $427 Sony PS-3 and $60 in cash. There was no sign of forced entry.
Sunshine Carwashes LLC reported a burglary with forcible entry at Sunshine Car Wash, 1624 Stokes Ferry Road, between Wednesday morning and Thursday night. There was $370 worth of damage to a door and a lock, but nothing was taken, including a visible tray of quarters.
Benham Real Estate reported a burglary with unlawful entry at a vacant duplex on East 11th Street between March 1 and Thursday. There was $10,520 worth of damage to interior walls, windows and cabinets, but nothing was taken.
Victoria Kaye Messick reported the theft of $500 diamond earrings from her unlocked vehicle, along with damage to a center console lockbox, on Sunset Drive in Salisbury between Tuesday evening and Wednesday afternoon.
Barbara Casper Vogt reported that the front grill valued at $100 was stolen from her parked vehicle on Wiley Avenue between Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.
Elizabeth Marie Gascoigne reported that someone stole 67 alprazalam pills worth $300 from her unattended purse while at OíCharleyís, 123 N. Arlington St., between 3 and 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Thomas Izell McDaniel, of East Fisher Street, reported the theft of $1,000 from a lockbox in his home between April 26 and April 29.
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