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Officer Involved in "Ticketgate" Controversy Resigns

Posted January 2, 2008
Updated January 3, 2008

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— The Fayetteville police officer involved in the "Ticketgate" controversy has resigned.

Following an Oct. 25 accident at the intersection of Stoney Point and Gillis Hill roads involved three cars, Officer Jennifer Rodriguez cited Diana Knight for running a red light. That ticket led to accusations that Mayor Tony Chavonne and City Manager Dale Iman gave special treatment to Knight.

Knight's husband, Gary Knight, the deputy garrison commander at Fort Bragg before he retired, called Chavonne that evening to complain, saying he thought police were rushing to judgment. Chavonne contacted Iman, who called Police Chief Tom Bergamine. The ticket was voided, and police reopened the investigation.

Another driver, Jamell Rashad Jones, 21, was later charged with running the red light.

Last month, the Fayetteville City Council tried to reinstate the ticket but changed course when Cumberland County District Attorney Ed Grannis said county officials wouldn't investigate the case if city officials pursued the matter.

Rodriguez cited personal reasons Wednesday for her departure.