The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC


December 9, 2013

Former deputy charged with DWI, speeding

TARBORO — A former Edgecombe County Sheriff's Lieutenant was charged with driving while impaired and speeding on Nov. 3 in Nash County. At the time, Alonzo Bell was still employed with the sheriff's office when he was pulled over for the traffic violations by M.P. Davidson of the N.C. Highway Patrol.

After he was charged, Sheriff James Knight said Bell contacted him and resigned from his position effective immediately.

Bell, who was in charge of the Civil Division at the sheriff's office when the incident occurred, had been with the department for over 20 years, according the Knight.

According to court documents, Davidson observed a 1997 Ford traveling at a high rate of speed and drifting across the center line on U.S. 64 at approximately 11:15 p.m. As Davidson observed the vehicle's erratic motion, he clocked Bell, who was in his personal vehicle, traveling 94 miles per hour in a 70 mile per hour zone.

The report stated, when Davidson approached the vehicle, the trooper smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from Bell's person. Davidson asked Bell where he was going and Bell told him he was lost and was trying to get home.

Davidson wrote in the report that he noticed Bell's speech was slow and that he was unsteady on his feet when he exited the vehicle. As Bell exited his vehicle, Davidson stated in the report, he had to hold Bell's arm, because Bell almost fell.

Bell, 49, of 109 Brewer Court, Rocky Mount, was charged with driving while impaired and speeding. His blood alcohol content (BAC) registered .19 and .20, which is two times over the legal limit allowed in North Carolina. He was released to a sober adult after being charged.

According to N.C. Department of Motor Vehicle laws, any driver who registers BAC's of .16 or higher is required by law to have an ignition interlock system installed in their vehicle and has restrictions placed on their driver's license.

"He was a good deputy and was very professional while he was with the department," Knight said in a telephone interview. "Things happen in life and sometimes we make mistakes, but there is no excuse for what he did. I am sorry that it happened, but I will not tolerate that type of behavior in our department."

Bell is due in Nash County District Court Dec. 20 in Nashville. It is unclear if he has an attorney to represent him on the charges.

Text Only

Autistic 3-year-old triplets Ja’Won, Ja’Quon and Ja’Quavion, from left to right, take a break from riding their bikes to sit together on the couch of their Tarboro home. The triplets’ mother Lisa Porter shared her story in honor of autism awareness month, which is April.

Local News
Our Community
Joe Miller.jpg

Tarboro Vikings first baseman Joe Miller drives in the go ahead run for the Vikings in the sixth inning. Miller was 1 for 3 with a RBI as the Vikings defeated the South Creek Panthers 4-2.

  • Vikings make late comeback

    The Tarboro Vikings bats took a nap for the first five innings Thursday against the South Creek Cougars in Two Rivers Conference action until the sixth inning alarm clock woke seniors Wesley Hart and Joe Miller.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Harrell returning to Louisville
  • The legacy of Joe W. Dickens Jr.'s dash

    Joe W. Dickens Jr.
    Sept. 14, 1953 - March 21, 2014
    The above statement is profound in its own way. It signifies the birth and the death of one of the most influential men in Edgecombe Coun

    March 31, 2014

  • Bones-final-cover.jpg Local librarian pens first novel

    Roman Leary, director at Edgecombe County Memorial Library, has written his first novel – “Six Days of the Dragon.”

    March 19, 2014 2 Photos

Obituaries Archives

    Edgecombe Events must be submitted by noon the day before publication. Items eligible include notices of local meetings and activities of non-profit organizations, clubs, schools and civic groups in the community. Information should be brief and typewritten, neatly printed or via  e-mail. For questions call 252-823-3106 or

    April 18, 2014

CNHI Network News
AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case