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February 14, 2014

Mayor requests a meeting with Councilman Wright

VALDOSTA — Sunday morning, City Councilman James Wright  turned himself into the Valdosta Police Department after a single-vehicle traffic incident early that morning.

The police report stated that the white Ford F-150 registered to Wright was abandoned near the intersection of N. Lee St. and E. Central Ave. It was discovered by a Valdosta police officer traveling along the 100 block of N. Lee St. at approximately 3 a.m. Sunday.

The officer noticed the severe damage to the front passenger side of the truck and determined that the vehicle had impacted a utility pole, continued moving until it climbed onto the curb, hit a speed limit sign, then came to a stop before it reached the next utility pole.

Wright was charged with accident hit and run, failure to maintain lane and failure to notify owner after striking a fixed object, according to Valdosta police reports. He was booked at the Lowndes County Jail and later released on bond.

The Times reached out to City Hall for a comment, and Mayor John Gayle replied:

“I have requested to meet with Councilman Wright to discuss the recent incident in which he was involved. In my meeting, I will encourage him to make a statement to the press and the citizens of the community. Until that meeting is held, it would be premature for me to make a statement regarding the matter. I can say that the Valdosta Police Department handled the matter as they should have and that Councilman Wright was treated in the same manner as any other citizen, he was appropriately charged, and his case will be adjudicated just like any other citizen’s case would be.”

In November 2011, Wright was re-elected to his third four-year term on the Valdosta City Council. His current term will end in  2015.

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