MARTIN COUNTY -

There are more answers in the case of a Martin County man who was charged with DWI and then, hours later, allegedly killed a man in an impaired-driving wreck.

The suspect, Gary James, was not required to post any bond after the initial DWI arrest, according to court documents.

Now, a clearer picture is emerging of the 12 hours leading up to the wreck that killed 48-year-old Thomas Bundy of Martin County.

James was driving a 1999 Buick LeSabre on Main Street in Robersonville at 6:15 p.m. Friday when he failed to use a turn signal, police said.

Investigators said that James had purchased the vehicle that same afternoon, even though he did not have a driver's license; his license had been revoked after his three prior DWI convictions.

The Robersonville Police officer suspected James of driving while impaired and arrested him.

The officer took James before a magistrate, S.C. Hardison Jr., at the Martin County Government Complex.

James' breath test showed a .11 blood-alcohol level; the legal limit is .08 in North Carolina.

Magistrate Hardison allowed James' father, Louis James, to sign for and assume responsibility for the suspect; no bond was required and the suspect was never booked into jail.

Hardison declined comment.

The next morning, just before 6 a.m., Gary ran a stop sign and killed Bundy, who was with his family en route to hunt, the investigating trooper said.

The crash occurred at the intersection of Vanderford and Grimes roads.

The father was not at his Briley Road home for comment; his phone's message box was full.

Asked whether the father will be charged in connection with the situation, Martin County District Attorney Seth Edwards said the matter is under investigation.

Edwards did say that a second-degree murder charge is possible for Gary, who is now in jail under a $250,000 bond.

Gary is, for now, charged with felony death by vehicle, DWI, and driving while license revoked.

Magistrates in North Carolina have discretion to allow the release or order the detention of DWI suspects.

There is no word on funeral arrangements for Bundy.

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The man allegedly responsible for a fatal, alcohol-involved crash is now in jail.

Gary James, 33, is in the Bertie-Martin Regional Jail on a $250,000 bond.

His charges include felony death by vehicle and DWI.

Robersonville Police charged James with DWI Friday night; just hours later, he was back on the roads and caused a deadly crash that killed a Martin County father, the investigating trooper said.

James has three prior DWI convictions, all in 2004, records show.

The victim, Thomas Bundy, had his wife, Peggy, and son, Jesse, in the vehicle with him.