The trial date for the chairman of the Johnston County Visitors Bureau has been postponed for a third time.
Keith Brinson was arrested for driving while impaired following a single vehicle accident on April 10th on Old Smithfield Road near Goldsboro. Brinson, 46, of Bugshop Road, Princeton was driving his personal 2008 Ford F-250 truck pulling a travel trailer when the accident occurred. Troopers said his truck ran off the right side of the roadway, reentered the highway, crossed left of center, ran off the road to the right a second time and struck a ditch bank. After the impact, Sgt. J.K. Whitley said the truck overturned and came to rest on its side in the front yard of a home. The travel trailer detached from the truck and overturned in the roadway.
The Highway Patrol said Brinson submitted to a breathalyzer exam and registered 0.15 twice, nearly double the legal limit of 0.08 in North Carolina.
Brinson’s case was originally set to be heard on May 26th in Wayne County Court but was posted. A second trial date of July 20thwas also postponed. And on Wednesday his case was postponed for a third time.
According to the Wayne County Clerk of Court’s Office, Brinson’s fourth court date has now been set for October 12th.
Brinson remains the chairman of the Johnston County Visitors Bureau (JCVB) and has refused to comment on his arrest. Donna Baily Taylor, Executive Director of the JCVB, has stated the organization stands behind Brinson. Brinson is also a member of the Smithfield Selma Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
In 2014, Brinson ran an unsuccessful campaign on the Republican ticket for Johnston County Commissioner.
In 1990, Brinson was convicted for driving while impaired in New Hanover County.