Former Blue Cross Blue Shield exec found guilty

ASHEBORO, N.C. – The former CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina has been found guilty of charges stemming from a car crash on an interstate while his two daughters were in the vehicle.

Patrick Conway was found guilty of driving while impaired and misdemeanor child abuse in a Randolph County courtroom Tuesday. Court records show Conway was charged after a June 22 crash on Interstate 85 in Randolph County in which his SUV collided with a tractor-trailer.

Conway’s attorney, Jonathan Megerian, argued that North Carolina child abuse laws aren’t intended to be applied in cases in which children aren’t injured and when the risk of injury is accidental. However, Judge Sarah Neely Lanier ruled Conway guilty on all charges.

Police described Conway as “absolutely belligerent” during his arrest, noting that he cursed at officer, kicked at a holding cell door and threatened to call Gov. Roy Cooper to have the officers disciplined.

Conway’s attorney says he plans to appeal the convictions.