Wilmington Police on Tuesday cited state Sen. Bill Rabon of Southport with an infraction after he hit another car in a parking lot in downtown Wilmington on Sunday night, then left the scene.
Rabon was cited for failure to see before backing, Wilmington Police spokeswoman Linda Rawley said. The Republican senator, in his second term in the General Assembly and chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, came into the police department Tuesday and was cited after a meeting with investigators, Rawley said. “He was very cooperative,” she said.
Rabon didn’t return a message left on his cell phone Tuesday. Wilmington TV station WWAY reported that Rabon said he “may have had a couple of drinks before the accident but said he was not drunk.”
Rabon attended a rally in support of the film industry in downtown Wilmington that evening. Rawley said damage to the other vehicle was estimated at $50 to $150. “As long as his insurance company handles everything and everything is taken care of, it will be dismissed,” Rawley said of the citation.
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According to a police report, a witness said he was across the street when he saw a white GMC Sierra back into a yellow Honda in the parking lot, and the driver attempting to leave. “He approached same and told the driver that they just hit that car and should at least get out and take care of it,” the report states. “But the driver of the GMC left the area without stopping.”
The witness said he noticed a “William Rabon for NC Senate” bumper sticker on the back of the car and the special state license plate issued to legislators, according to the report.
Rabon didn’t have a primary opponent Tuesday, but will face the winner of a Democratic primary in November.