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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — He was trying to pick up a woman who needed a ride but instead he got a ticket for stopping on the side of the street. Cab driver Gary Nolt said he was just doing his job early Saturday morning when he was picking up customers in Wrightsville Beach. Nolt said he had just turned on Lumina Avenue when a drunk bar patron, needing a ride home, jumped into his cab.

“Up a little bit further the girl I had just picked up said this is her girlfriend,” said Nolt. “This time I pulled over cause I had enough time to pullover.”

That’s when Nolt said a Wrightsville Beach police officer came up to his window and demanded that his customers get out.

“He told her to remove from the vehicle because he was to deal with me on his own. She told him straight out that she wasn’t going to leave,” said Nolt. “He (officer) said if she (customer) did not get out of the vehicle he was going to write her up for public intoxication.”

Wrightsville Beach Police did not say much due to the fact that the incident is still pending. The department did say that Nolt was in violation of town ordinance 74.15, which prohibits parking or standing on any town property that is not clearly designated for parking purposes. The police department said Nolt should have picked up his customers at one of two designated pick up areas on the island.

Nolt said his fellow drivers do not often pick people up at Wrightsville Beach because of ordinances like 74.15. He feels like it’s already hard for his customers to find a cab when they are unable to drive, and many Wrightsville Beach locals agree with Nolt.

“For a town that needs it’s tourism and people to come down and spend their money and generate revenue they really don’t make it all that possible,” said resident Jonathen Randolph.

As for the citation, Nolt found his last name was misspelled on the ticket and the wrong date was written down. According to the New Hanover County District Attorney’s Office a wrong date on a ticket can convince some judges to drop it. Nolt though did not receive an ordinary traffic ticket; he received a civil citation which does not leave him much legal room to fight the fine.

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2015 years 11 months ago

Just another sad story from the horrible police force of Wrightsville Beach. They have got to be the worst cops I’ve ever seen. They’ll write you a speeding ticket for going 36 in a 35, as one person already stated in these comments. They will pull you and ticket you for just about anything. You have a red Porsche? I’ve heard stories of people riding over the W.B. bridge in fancy sports cars, who were IMMEDIATELY pulled and were told “we’re watching you.” It’s pathetic. Lighten up already. You’re a beach town, you need the tourism, like it or not.… Read more »

2015 years 11 months ago

It just hit me….We can change this (ordinance/policy/whatever) in November at the Polls. Two year terms for Mayors.

2015 years 11 months ago

As a mom, who often has gone to WB to pick up countless kids (who were not all my own)I will have to agree with some of the statements that have been made in regards to “rules” that seem to be “having your cake and eating it too”.

Many times I have had my window knocked on by officers who are in the streets….”you will have to move mam….you will have to park mam…”

I politely respond, “I am “loading” up kids who need a ride home, it is hard to get a cab here at the beach.” I am usually in… Read more »

2015 years 11 months ago

…but his legacy and reputation continue strong and lively with the WBPD! I don’t normally criticize LEO’s, but these clowns beg for it with incidences like this!!!

I never thought I would find ANY worse than WalMart security. I was wrong, here it is!

2015 years 11 months ago

I guess officer “Richard head” was having a bad night and wanted some company.

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