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No More Miss Congeniality?

Posted February 4, 2008 6:45 p.m. EST
Updated February 5, 2008 4:52 p.m. EST

— 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.