Princeville town attorney Charles "Chuck" Watts was due in court twice this month to face traffic violations, including a DWI citation.
According to the North Carolina Court System website, Watts was stopped in Durham County on Aug. 10, 2011. On Thursday, a spokesperson at the Wake County District Court said Watts recorded .08 on the breathalyzer.
Watts noted he was not employed as Princeville's attorney on the day of the incident. He was fired by the town in June 2011 and rehired in January 2012.
"I was not the town attorney when it occurred," Watts said. "And that doesn't have anything to do with the quality of service that I provide for the town."
Watts is scheduled to appear in court May 12 to face the DWI charge.
In an unrelated charge, Watts was ticketed for expired registration tags by a Princeville police officer after leaving a town board meeting. Watts' court date was Thursday in Edgecombe County Court but he did not attend because, "I didn't know that my court date was today," he said. "It's not a big deal. I will take care of it tomorrow."
Watts, who is a member of the North Carolina Board of Transportation, said the expired tags belonged to DOT (Department of Transportation). Watts represents District 5, which includes Durham, Franklin, Granville, Person, Vance, Wake and Warren counties.
"I'm guilty but the reality is that DOT dropped the ball," Watts said.
Watts was first hired in February 2010 as Princeville's attorney but was fired by a 3-1 vote four months later after controversy arose over his $85,000 salary. Seven months later, he was rehired.