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Carrboro Alderman Charged With Assault

Posted September 6, 2007
Updated September 7, 2007

— A Carrboro alderman who is up for re-election was charged with assault with a deadly weapon Wednesday after allegedly hitting a woman with his car.

Police say Dan Coleman hit Amanda Joyce Kotecki of Durham at the Anderson Community Park in Carrboro at about 5:30 p.m.

In a statement issued to a Carrboro radio station, Coleman said Kotecki was with a group of runners and had stopped traffic to allow them to pass.

When there was a break in the line of runners, Coleman said he wanted to go, but Kotecki didn't get out of the way. She climbed partly on the hood of his car, Coleman said.

In her statement to police, Kotecki said Coleman struck her with his car.

Coleman said he called 911, but police charged him with assault with a deadly weapon. Coleman denied the charges in his statement to the radio station.


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  • lizard Sep 8, 2007

    I think the person that was blocking his way should be charged with blocking traffic or disorderly conduct. She has no right to stop traffic like that.

  • Derrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr Sep 7, 2007

    I agree Phoenix, and it's the same thing for assaulting a police dog, that's a felony.

    I agree with the misdemeanor charge sticking for assault with a deadly weapon though. I don't think the alderman's actions merited a felony charge.

  • Phoenix68 Sep 7, 2007

    Derrrrr: There are many laws in NC that seem disproportinate.

    For example: Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer is a Class A1 Misdemeanor. Assault on a Court Official is a Class I Felony. I guess a DA or Judge is more important than the PoPo...

  • Joshua Sep 7, 2007

    But had he been drunk and killed her, he would be facing 2-3 years in prison. Now that's truly sad.

  • Derrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr Sep 7, 2007

    Sparrow, probably because there's not necessarily any injury associated with that crime. If there's injuries the charge changes. The car is a deadly weapon, so if you bump someone with it intentionally you get charged with assault with a deadly weapon. A low speed bump, like this case, that doesn't cause an injury doesn't merit a felony charge.

  • Phoenix68 Sep 7, 2007

    sparrow: Very good question...

  • sparrow Sep 7, 2007

    Why is assault with a deadly weapon a misdemeanor?

  • Hammerhead Sep 7, 2007

    crazygirl, I'd have told them rather firmly to get the "you know what" out of my way. Thought I'd mention that I'm an avid cyclist, but a very consciensious one. I just hate rude people...arrogant cyclists, cell phone talkers, bad drivers, all of them.

  • 1crazygirl Sep 7, 2007

    I know this is off the story, but I seen where some of ya'll had brought up the cyclist.
    I was in Broadway the other day and was going to pull up to one of the gas stations(to get gas). But there was about 50 people on bicycles blocking the pumps. Since when do bikes require gas? And they wouldnt move out of the way either. Move your bikes out of the way and be considerate to others!!

  • jockeyclarke Sep 7, 2007

    If truth prevails and charges are dropped, will it make front page news? Never.

    Once again, the news is headlining a story before all the facts are in. The court of public opinion rarely stays in session longer than 5 minutes and judgment is swift and sensational.

    Maybe, just maybe, those congressmen weren't soliciting sex in public toilets either...