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No More Miss Congeniality?

Posted February 4, 2008
Updated February 5, 2008

— The reigning Miss Fayetteville has been accused of road rage.

Jenna Racine Walters, 21, of 2120 N. Horace Walters Road in Raeford, was charged with aggressive driving in a Nov. 9 incident in which witnesses told Southern Pines police that a car sped through traffic on U.S. Highway 15/501, weaving into oncoming traffic lanes.

Walters declined to comment Monday, referring all questions to her attorney, James Van Camp of Pinehurst, who couldn't be reached for comment.

Witnesses told police that Walters was trying to catch up to a car driven by Angela Thomas. One said Walters hit Thomas with her hands, while two others said Walters slid her car in front of Thomas' car at an intersection, damaging it, before getting out of her car and screaming at Thomas.

Thomas, 22, of West End, called the police report "misleading."

“She’s one of the best people I ever met,” she said of Walters. “It’s a simple car accident that’s looked to be something it wasn’t. She’s a good person. She’s not crazy at all.”

Thomas said Walters never hit or intimidated her. She said Walters just “freaked out” because of an accident.

She didn't pursue assault or vandalism charges against Walters, saying, "She's been through enough."

Betty Burkett, the executive director of the Miss Fayetteville pageant, declined to comment about the incident. Pageant organizers said they might decide later in the week whether to rescind her title.

Her reign as Miss Fayetteville runs through March 29.

A junior at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Walters was voted Miss Congeniality in the 2006 Miss Fayetteville competition.


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  • Adelinthe Feb 5, 2008

    "Road rage is unacceptable."

    AMEN Airbiscuit!!!

    Any rage is unacceptable. Folks need to learn how to live and let live and let the heavy stuff just roll off their backs, cause the next day it usually doesn't amount to a hill of beans anyway.

    Praying for it to be so.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Through a glass darkly Feb 5, 2008


    Excuse me, but isn't that exactly what the various beauty contests are? Of course, that may just underline your point about shallow and uneducated.

  • wife-of-a-concrete-man Feb 5, 2008

    air biscuit- you hit the nail on the head "selfish"

  • wife-of-a-concrete-man Feb 5, 2008


    here's a little more detailed information in this incident.

    looks like an altercation prior at a restaurant prompted it

  • Air Biscuit Feb 5, 2008


    I think the whole deal here is the irony--Miss Congeniality engaging in aggressive driving.

    I'm not judging her as a person, although I am saying that her actions, just like anyone else's, were dangerous and selfish.

  • Dayum Sessy Feb 5, 2008

    Miss Brat more like it.

  • TheWB Feb 5, 2008

    Grrrrow, she's spicey, I like that.

  • aclsman21 Feb 5, 2008

    she willingly gave multiple quotes to WRAL defending this girl. thats trying to stay out of the limelight?

    “It’s a simple car accident that’s looked to be something it wasn’t."

    why does it have to be more than this? really, no need to try to read between the lines here.

    apparently, none of us have gotten angry before and done or said something we ended up regretting.

  • Air Biscuit Feb 5, 2008


    I think we, the outstanding citizens, should not excuse road rage...the young lady letting her off is just trying to keep her own tushie out of the limelight.

  • aclsman21 Feb 5, 2008

    Air Bicuit....
    again, the person whom the alleged "road rage" was directed at is excusing her!
    oh, but we, outstanding citizens, shouldn't?