WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – A former NC State Highway Patrol (NCSHP) trooper and a Guilford County EMS worker who hit and killed a pedestrian last year has pleaded guilty in front of a Forsyth County judge.
Forsyth County District Attorney Jennifer Martin tells WFMY News 2 Christopher Shane Grubbs pleaded guilty to felony hit and run causing death Tuesday.
Martin said Grubbs was driving while impaired and his blood alcohol level was .13. when he hit a pedestrian last year. The state's legal limit is .08.
On August 13, 2013, Winston-Salem Police say Grubbs was driving on West Mountain Street when he hit and killed 21-year-old Richard Bernard Byers Jr. Grubbs left the scene and Byers later died from his injuries.
Officers looked for Grubbs for several days and eventually found him in the same area of the crash. According to investigators, Grubbs was sitting in his truck, eating and there was a smell of alcohol on his breath. Grubbs also refused a BAC test, police said.
During his plea hearing Grubbs apologized to the family in the courtroom and said he didn't realize that he hit a person, according Martin.
Grubbs was sentenced to 14-29 months in prison because he had no prior criminal convictions. He received 36 months probation and 200 hours of community service. He's also required to get substance abuse treatment and attend two Alcoholic Anonymous meetings a week after he gets out of prison.
Grubbs was an employee for Guilford County EMS and was placed on leave after the accident. According to John Dean, Human Resources Director for Guilford County, Grubbs was suspended without pay after the accident and on September 12, 2013, he was put on administrative leave without pay, pending outcome of his trial. Dean, said Grubbs resigned on May 28.
In 2007, Grubbs resigned from NCSHP after he was accused of driving drunk in a construction zone in Montgomery County. He worked for NCSHP from May 1995 until he resigned.