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Alderman's 911 call posted on blog

September 11, 2007 

— The 911 call Carrboro Alderman Dan Coleman made during a traffic dispute that led to a misdemeanor assault charge against him is now on the OrangeChat blog at blogs.newsobserver.com/orangechat.

About 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Coleman called 911 after a volunteer at a high school cross-country meet stopped traffic in Anderson Community Park.

When it looked as though the volunteer wasn't letting cars through the crosswalk even though no runners could be seen, Coleman insisted on being let through to drop off his 6-year-old son at baseball practice, he said.

The volunteer, however, said she was worried about the runners' safety and didn't want Coleman to pass.

Carrboro police took witnesses' statements. Amanda Joyce Kotecki, the volunteer, later went to a magistrate, who found probable cause to charge Coleman with assault with a deadly weapon for hitting her with his car.

Coleman was appointed to his seat on the town's Board of Aldermen in 2006 and is up for election in November.

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