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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Sen. Rabon cited for hitting parked car


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Wilmington Police have cited a state senator for hitting a car in a downtown Wilmington parking lot Sunday night.

In a story that was FIRST ON 3, witnesses claimed Sen. Bill Rabon (R-8th District) hit a car in the lot at 2nd and Princess streets Sunday evening. The description of the vehicle they provided matched Rabon's car. When we asked him about it at his Southport veterinary office yesterday, Rabon said he did not realize he had hit anyone, but if he did, he would pay for the damage.

WPD spokeswoman Linda Rawley says police cited Rabon today with failure to see before backing. She says it's a motor vehicle infraction. Rawley says under the statute, the driver has 48 hours to contact the owner of the other car involved. Rawley said Rabon had not made contact, and that police had to track him down. She said the other car had about $50-$150 worth of damage to a tail light.

Rabon said he may have had a couple of drinks before the accident but said he was not drunk. He also admitted being a bad driver and hard of hearing.

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Go find a hobby, people.

I've known Bill Rabon all of my life and he isn't the type of person who would knowingly cause damage to someone's property and then run from the responsibility. If he said he didn't realize he'd hit anything then that's the truth. If he said he would pay for damages then he will. Bill Rabon is a compassionate and caring individual and to suggest otherwise is laughable.

Go look at yourselves in the mirror before you make judgments about people you don't even know.

And no, I'm not a Republican.

Good Ol' Boys

Sure, Rabon brings in the other extremist senator who gets him off on a reduced charge from the all too compliant WPD. What a farce.

"House of Cards"

Yes...and this plays out in Wilmington too.
For those of you with this show ("House of Cards") and you will see Wilmington...but in a much larger scale (DC). The politicians are in a class amongst you the general public are. You are not as important, and are subject to the law. Remember the City Councilman that flew to a City Council meeting in his car several months back...followed by WPD? As it turned out...WPD wasted a gallon of gasoline in the cruiser...nothing more was said :-(

Question: Did witnesses call the WPD immediately after this happened with Rabon...and the police pursue the situation in regards to a possible drunk driver...or handle it later?

Let's back up and see>

Sunday night 5/4/14: "The witness told officers the driver was Sen. Rabon. He says Rabon told him he would make it right before leaving." Well...that answers that question.
Monday 5/5/14: "Wilmington police say they are investigating but have not identified the driver yet. They say the car involved in the accident is a white GMC Sierra registered to Rabon." (Next day)
Tuesday 5/6/14: "WPD spokeswoman Linda Rawley says police cited Rabon *today* with failure to see before backing." (2 days later)
Was he drunk when he did this? Who knows by legal process.
Watch "House of Cards" will see :-)


Another one of our elected officials showing a lack of character.

Why is some one that cannot follow the rule of law allowed to legislate law?

Rabon, saffo and Hamilton--DUI??

Special justice for Rabon, Saffo and Suzi H--they had a few-Rabon got careless but his buddies at Wilm Police give him special treatment. Apparently, some folks here get special breaks if they are part of the old crowd? How corrupt is Wilmington- just look at how this was handled- some cops and the DA have ethics issues maybe? Did Suzi H and Bill S-drive home or did they have designated drivers???????

Why not

Property damage or hit and run?

Flag Pin On Lapel

I like Rabon's use of the flag pin on his lapel.

A flag pin always indicates the individual wearing it is an upstanding U.S. citizen who practices good citizenship.

Why, pray tell

was he not cited for hit and run or leaving the scene of an accident?

Did Puff Daddy Saffo have marching orders issued?

Perhaps it's the fact he hit a parked vehicle; not being 1 who drinks and drives, that's a topic of which I am not familiar.

But, if this had been Berger, they would have likely cuffed him and stuffed him for the media.

Preferential treatment to nc senator.

What a disgrace from the police department to the District Attorney's Office in New Hanover County. If this were me I would be handcuffs and across the hood of a car before I got home. Get our senator probably paid for those few drinks he had with taxpayers dollars and will continue his path. Maybe his friend Ola will dismiss all charges.

Shame on Police Department & District Attorney's Office of Née Hanover