Cedar Posts has learned that on Thursday February 16, 2012, CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe tested the laws of physics again by having another accident with his CMPD Crown Vic. This time oddly enough while in the company of Mecklenburg County Commissioner Vilma Leake.
Based on the accident report the Chief had stopped at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center to pick up commissioner Leake around 5PM.
As the Chief exited the drop off area onto 4th Street he cut across four lanes of traffic failing to yield the right of way, striking a car and a city bus.
Cedar's Take: Honestly can you imagine having Vilma Leake in your car? No wonder the Chief crashed.
This is not the Chief's first fender bender, in fact this is his 3rd reported accident in 18 months. My first reaction is to give the guy a break, after all police officers do their work behind the wheel and log thousands of miles cruising Charlotte's streets. But Chief Monroe is for the most part an administrator, an office stiff who every once and a while responds to a crime scene, which means code 3 lights and siren.
Here's something to think about; if the chief has a hard time behind the wheel in normal traffic how does he handle the car while busting red lights and dodging pedestrians? Keep in mind the Chief's car doesn't have a dash cam so any accident would be his word against the citizen he t-bones.
A copy of the accident report is here.
Chief Monroe's prior accidents occurred on August 25, 2010 and October 21, 2011.