TROOPERS: Vice Mayor Blew .30 Driving Fire Dept. Vehicle

Authorities say the vice mayor of Black Mountain has been charged with driving while impaired after a motorist noticed him driving erratically.

Tim Rayburn, who's also chief of the Enka-Candler Fire and Rescue Department, was driving a department SUV Wednesday when he was charged by an N.C. Highway Patrol trooper.

Rayburn was arrested at the fire station after motorists noticed his driving and called the patrol and Asheville police. The patrol said the motorist followed Rayburn to the fire department and gave authorities Rayburn's location.

Arrest records say Rayburn's blood-alcohol level was 0.30, nearly four times the legal limit.

Rayburn couldn't be reached for comment Thursday. Officials at the fire department declined comment, and Black Mountain officials could not be immediately reached.

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