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A Charlotte man observed traveling in the opposite lane of Highway 158 this morning was charged with DWI and damaging an officer’s body camera mount following a scuffle.

Roanoke Rapids police Chief Shane Guyant said around 2 a.m. a state trooper and PACE Officer J. Conrad observed a man later identified as William Alexander Collins, 24, traveling in the opposite lane.

Guyant said following a stop in the city limits the trooper and Conrad immediately observed that Collins was intoxicated, emitted a strong odor of alcohol and had red, glassy eyes and slurred speech.

He was unable to walk unassisted. He was denied a request to get his cell phone from the vehicle and was taken into custody after a brief scuffle.

Collins was taken to the police department for further processing where he continued to threaten officers. Collins provided a .11 breath sample and Guyant said he admitted several times to Conrad that he was intoxicated and should not have been driving. He also admitted that he had driven intoxicated many times prior as well without having been caught.

Collins was charged with DWI, resist, delay, and obstruct, injury to personal property, and driving left of center.

He received a $2,000 secured bond. He remains in the Halifax County Detention Center and has an August 2 district court date.