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House report details hug of page by Rep. Allred

Posted May 20, 2009

— The House sergeant-at-arms has completed apreliminary review of allegations that a state lawmaker embraced a page and drank alcohol before speeding to work last month.

The report, which House Speaker Joe Hackney's office released Wednesday, makes no recommendations about Rep. Cary Allred, R-Alamance. The Legislative Ethics Committee will decide whether Allred receives more scrutiny.

The report includes statements from Allred's fellow Republicans who called it inappropriate when he hugged and kissed a 17-year-old female page on the House floor.

House Minority Leader Paul Stam and Rep. Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, both said in the report that they smelled alcohol on Allred's breath and noticed he was behaving erratically.

Other House members referred to Allred's interaction with the page as "a gruesome bear hug," "a big full-body hug" and "a lingering embrace," and several said the page appeared to be uncomfortable or embarrassed.

Allred has denied any wrongdoing, noting the teen is a family friend whom he kissed on the cheek. He also said he had one drink that night but wasn't drunk.

A Highway Patrol trooper stopped him in Orange County on his way to Raleigh after clocking his car at 102 mph on the highway. The trooper left him off with a warning after Allred flashed his legislative identification.

The Highway Patrol ticketed Allred four days later and began an internal investigation into why the trooper didn't cite him initially.

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  • blueridgerunner May 21, 3:57 p.m.

    102 mph. 102 mph. Is that reckless endangerment? If the posted speed limit were 75 mph then his speed was 27 mph over the posted limit. 15mph over the posted limit is considered reckless. He should have been hauled away. There is no excuse for his excessive speed. I don't care who he is. Elected officials should never presume their position exempts them from the law. Ever.

  • NC Reader May 21, 9:53 a.m.

    hpr641 -- We should all be concerned if a legislator is treating a high school page in an inappropriate way. The members of his own party were outraged at his behavior, and some complained that he reeked of alcohol. Moreover, anyone driving that fast should have been ticketed, if not arrested, no matter his or her position -- governor, legislator, or president.

  • hpr641 May 21, 9:12 a.m.

    "Oh and if that "hug and kiss" looked so gruesome why didn't all those men with an opinion now come to the defense of that "uncomfortable page" then?" - affirmativediversity

    A most EXCELLENT question, sir. I guess they just put it in their back pocket and decided to break it out when news of the 100mph warning came out?

    Our great state is in AN ECONOMIC BUDGETARY CRISIS!!! Yet, we're worried about whether a state House member's hug and kiss on the cheek of a page was unrespectful? You think most us even care after the recent parade we've seen of state legislature members to the state AND federal jails?

  • alx May 21, 8:35 a.m.

    As a member of the Legislature, this guy should be an example for the citizens of the state, especially those for whom he represents. he owes the state an apology as well as a resignation.

  • UNCfuturealumi May 20, 7:48 p.m.

    Now this man loves his booze. The night he was re-elected he got to drinking and called his opponent and had terrible talk to him. Trust me it was all over the newspaper then.

  • St Ives May 20, 7:28 p.m.

    Since when is the law written differently for this guy then you or me!

  • mgratk May 20, 7:00 p.m.

    I'm all for throwing ALL NC government officials in jail. It is well past due.

  • Jeremiah May 20, 5:39 p.m.

    "The state's Democratic party is using this case to create a diversion to turn the attention away from the massive corruption which has been ongoing under their watch!"

    Is that why his fellow republicans were the ones who said he was acting inapproriately. Tin-foil-hat society.

  • blackdog May 20, 5:33 p.m.

    I was clocked at over 100 once and plead it down. You don't have to be a member of government to plead to other levels.

  • blackdog May 20, 5:29 p.m.

    I will admit the error of the issue date being reffered as to the 27th being issued on May 1 for speeding. However I stand by the fact that the page did not smell alcohol, but was a neighbor and family friend who considered Cary as a grandfather type of relationship. She also did not complain of anything inappropriate. Cary is not a drinker that I have witnessed being in company many many times. I guess a hug is illegal nowadays. The trooper never mentioned the odor of alcohol. No trooper would allow any driver to proceed if the odor of alcohol was detected. Cary is being set up by sensationalism. The N&O as well as WRAL has few REAL investigative journalists and instead utilizes wire reports. Even Joe Hackney didn't see anything inapproriate occur.

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