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Road Rage Allegation Doesn't Dent Beauty Queen's Crown

Posted February 9, 2008 12:43 a.m. EST
Updated February 9, 2008 6:48 a.m. EST

— The reigning Miss Fayetteville will be allowed to keep her crown, although at least one pageant official said she should resign.

Jenna Racine Walters 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.

Witnesses told police that Walters, 21, of 2120 N. Horace Walters Road in Raeford, hit and yelled at another woman and damaged the woman's car.

Walters' reign as Miss Fayetteville runs through March 29.

Board members for the Miss Fayetteville Pageant said Friday that there is nothing they can do unless Walters is convicted of the charge.

"It would be hard for me to watch her crown her successor, but at the same time, she would have the right to do so," pageant board member Bob Smith said.

Walters apologized to pageant officials Wednesday. However, Smith said "the damage has already been done" and called for her to step down.