Man accused of trying to drug woman at restaurant

William Dixon Wellons (Image courtesy Wake County Sheriff's Office)

May 10, 2011 4:17:29 PM PDT
A lot of people are thinking about what might have happened if it hadn''t been for an alert customer and staff at a Raleigh Carolina Ale House.

William Dixon Wellons, 65, has at least three different aliases and just as many social security numbers, according to a lengthy criminal record which dates back more than 45 years.

"You've been charged with one count of contaminating food and drink," Wake District Court Judge Keith Gregory told Wellons Tuesday.

Wellons was charged after a woman, who was drinking at the Ale House, noticed something in her beer after he sat down next to her.

"She looked in and she said, 'What's in my drink?'" Ale House Manager Aaron Breese recalled. "The suspect said, 'Well I'm gonna go get my wallet.'"

That's when the bartender notified Breese.

"I quickly followed the guy out in the parking lot, and I got his plate number and I called the cops," Breese said.

Police were at Winston's Grille, just a couple of miles from the Ale House, where a man used a fake gift card for a $70 tab.

The suspect was driving a RV camper just like the man who had left the Ale House. Police issued an alert and stopped Wellons on Falls of Neuse Road near I-540.

"You've also been charged with felonious possession of stolen goods," Judge Gregory added.

Police say Wellons faces that charge because he was driving a stolen RV.

"And simple possession of a scheduled IV substance," Gregory said.

Police found 14 valiums on Wellons. It was the same drug believed to be in the Woman's drink.

The Ale House manager was understated about the role of his staff in preventing what many assume could have been a much worse crime.

"It feels good that nothing bad happened," Breese said.

Wellons also faces other outstanding charges that combined with those filed Tuesday could put him behind bars for many years. His bond is over $200,000 and the magistrate who booked him says Wellons told him he was trying to get the woman to be friendlier.

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