"He just made terribly poor choices," said Carey's friend, Ken Norris.
Carey was behind the wheel on Dec. 21st when Holly Springs police pulled him over and arrested him for drunken driving. Police say he blew a point 0.28.
Not even two hours later, Carey was released from jail. According to Norris, Carey took a cab back to his car and drove back to Norris' house, where he's been staying while struggling with a crumbling marriage.
"You understand the state he was in," said Norris. "Yeah, well that's why he made those choices."
Norris says Carey is an alcoholic, now getting treatment at a veterans' hospital. But what Norris wants to know is why was Carey was released if he was still drunk and why were police waiting for him at Norris' house?
A spokesperson for the police department tells ABC11 they had probable cause to arrest him that second time. But they wouldn't say what that was because of the impending court case.
"Our officers are going to pull a suspected drunk driver off the road as soon as they have probable cause," said Holly Springs PIO Mark Andrews.
Police won't say what the probable cause was or how they knew Carey wasn't still in jail.