Slow Speed Driver Arrested For DWI

Selma Police arrested a Smithfield man for allegedly driving drunk at low speeds through the Selma city limits.

Around 10:00pm Saturday, an officer was at the intersection of US301 and US70 when he spotted a Dodge pickup pass by while traveling at 5 miles per hour.  The officer began to follow the vehicle while accelerating to 25mph as the driver began to travel southbound on US301 in the turn lane. Police quickly pulled him over.

The driver, Santos Rocael Sontay-Xiloj, 41, of Packing Plant Road, Smithfield allegedly told police he consumed no more than two beers before getting behind the wheel. According to a police report he said he was driving slowly to be safe and so that he could concentrate.

Sontay-Xiloj registered 0.10 on the Breathalyzer, above the legal limit of 0.08.

He was charged with driving while impaired and released from custody pending an October 19 court appearance.