In 1981, while a state senator, Mr. Allred wrote letters on his company letterhead, asking for opinions on health issues and to keep his company in mind for their needs. An investigation by the state senate found this to be an ethics violation.
In August, 2008, Mr. Allred caused a minor local controversy by handing out his legislative cards and state maps at a local Southern High School football game during his 2008 run for the North Carolina Legislature. Mr. Allred was asked to leave the premises.
In November 2008, after winning re-election, Mr. Allred was involved in another controversy where he made telephone calls after winning the election. Mr. Allred appeared to be intoxicated and left a series of answering machine messages bragging about his victory. Mr. Allred claimed that he was "intoxicated with victory".
On the evening of April 27, 2009, Mr. Allred was pulled over by a North Carolina State Highway Patrolman, who observed Mr. Allred traveling 102 MPH in a 65 MPH zone. Mr. Allred stated that he had consumed one chelada. Later that evening, he arrived at the state legislature and embraced a 17-year-old page. Both Mr. Allred and the page have stated that they share a "Grandfather-granddaughter" relationship, however, on April 30, 2009, an investigation was launched by the Sergeant at Arms of the legislature.
On May 20, 2009, a report indicated that several persons had seen Mr. Allred behave "inappropriately" with the page. Mr. Allred threatened to leave the Republican Party, and then later agreed to resign his position.
Mr. Allred left his position on June 1, 2009. On June 8, 2009, Dan Ingle was selected as his replacement. Since leaving the legislature, Mr. Allred has stated his intention to run for County Commissioner in Alamance County. In March 2010, Mr. Allred left the Republican Party and stated his intention to run as an independent or write-in candidate for County Commissioner.
On June 29, 2010, Mr. Allred was pulled over by Burlington police officers who observed him swerving into the lane opposite his and refused to take a sobriety test. At this point he was taken to the police station where he was given a alcohol-breath test but was unable to produce a sufficient amount of breath to produce a reading (he claimed that due to his bronchitis he was unable to produce enough breath) which resulted in it being recorded as a fail.
BURLINGTON â€” Former state representative and senator Cary Allred was arrested Tuesday night in Burlington on a charge of driving while intoxicated.
Allred called the incident another case of harassment against him by police and said he was not drunk.
Allred was pulled while driving a 1989 Ford Taurus on South Church Street near Alamance Road around 10:10 p.m. by a Burlington police officer, said Asst. Chief Greg Seel.
Seel said the officerâ€™s probable cause to make the stop had to do with Allredâ€™s speed and driving patterns, indicative of someone driving under the influence.
Once Allred was stopped, the officer interviewed him and conducted a field sobriety test and based on the results, the officer arrested him on the DWI charge.
Allred, 63, refused to submit to a Breathalyzer test and was released from the Alamance County jail to a sober adult and given a written promise to appear in court, Seel said.
He declined to comment on Allredâ€™s physical condition during the traffic stop, but said he was cooperative with the officer.
When reached by phone Wednesday, Allred said he had one beer with his dinner at Ruby Tuesday on Huffman Mill Road and said he was not driving erratically.
He called the police claim he refused the Breathalyzer test a lie, saying he blew into the device five times and the test came back inconclusive.
â€œThey knew who I was, they knew my car and they have been harassing me since October 2008,â€ Allred said, referring to another traffic stop.
â€œI was not drunk.â€
Allred, who is mounting a write-in campaign for the Alamance County Board of Commissioners, resigned from the N.C. House in May 2009 after an investigation into a speeding ticket and questionable behavior.
That April, he was stopped for speeding by a state trooper along Interstate 40. Allred flashed his legislative identification card and was given a warning, saying he was running late for a legislative vote.
Once questions were raised about the incident, Allred was cited with going 102 in a 65 mph zone in Orange County.
Allred admitted to drinking that night and was later found guilty on the speeding charge.
The same night on the floor of the General Assembly, Allred became combative during a debate, which many of his colleagues found inappropriate.
Some legislators stated they smelled alcohol on his breath.
He was also seen embracing a 17-year-old female page at the General Assembly with a hug and kiss on the cheek, who Allred said was a longtime family friend who lived across the street from him.
The incidents became the basis of a inquiry by the House Sergeant of Arms and a meeting of the Legislative Ethics Commission, which Allred called a â€œwitch hunt,â€ before his resignation.
Allred served two terms in the state senate in the 1980s and was in his eighth term in the House before his resignation.
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