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Assistant DA case continued

November 30, 2011

A district court judge agreed to continue the DWI case against Assistant District 25 Attorney Eric Bellas on Wednesday in Brunswick County.

Bellas was scheduled to appear in court for DWI and civil revocation of driver’s license charges in relation to an incident that occurred this summer at Sunset Beach. Court officials said Bellas’ attorney, Roy Best, appeared for him and the case was continued until Jan. 25.

Bellas, 45, of Morganton, was charged with DWI while attending a district attorney’s conference in Sunset Beach.

According to police, Bellas was allegedly riding a bicycle on Clubhouse Road at Sunset Beach about midnight June 20 when he apparently flipped over a guardrail and fell off the bicycle.

Sunset Beach Police Chief Lisa Massey said responding officer B.T. Cully arrived on the scene to find Bellas was in a bicycle accident and apparently intoxicated.

Cully wrote in his report's narrative that he was not able to determine the exact location of the incident because the bicycle was moved prior to his arrival on the scene. In addition, Cully wrote that Bellas was "uncooperative" when asked what happened.

Bellas refused to take a breath test to determine his level of intoxication. Therefore, Cully arrested Bellas and charged him with driving while impaired on a bicycle.

After originally being placed on leave June 21, Bellas was reinstated to active duty in July.

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