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Police detective drunk in fatal wreck

August 6, 2010

The off-duty Huntersville Police detective who was involved in a minor accident in Catawba County and later killed in a one-car collision was legally drunk at the time of the crash.
Tests from the N.C. Medical Examiner’s Office revealed that Kimberly Sue Nesbitt, 43, of Mooresville, had a blood alcohol level of .22 when she crashed her car July 5 on Lowrance Road near Catawba, said N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper R.E. Rudisill.
A driver is legally intoxicated with a blood alcohol level of .08 or more, which means Nesbitt was more than three times over the legal limit at the time of the crash.
Prior to the fatal crash, Nesbitt was involved in another minor accident July 5 at the intersection of Slanting Bridge and Sherrills Ford roads near Terrell.
Trooper D.M. Powell said Nesbitt allegedly rear-ended a trailer about 2 a.m. Nesbitt and the driver pulled off the road near Sherrills Ford Elementary School to speak about the accident.
“He said it was her fault, she said it was his fault,” Powell said.
Nesbitt and the driver didn’t come to an agreement about who was at fault in the accident, and Nesbitt gave the driver her Huntersville Police Department card and left the scene.
The driver wrote down Nesbitt’s license plate number and stopped to report the incident to a Catawba County sheriff’s deputy who was sitting in his car nearby. The sheriff’s office contacted Highway Patrol to alert them of the incident.
Highway Patrol contacted the Huntersville Police Department and received Nesbitt’s cell phone number, but they were never able to contact her.
Powell said it is unknown if Nesbitt was intoxicated when the first incident occurred, but witnesses said Nesbitt behaved as if she had been drinking.
Rudisill said he doesn’t know what Nesbitt was doing prior to the first incident or what she did after that.
Several hours after Nesbitt allegedly rear-ended the trailer in Terrell, she was killed in a crash near Catawba.

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