An Indian Trail resident drove to the scene of a minor traffic accident involving his mother Dec. 7 and punched the driver of the other car at Sardis and Pineville-Matthews roads, according to the Matthews Police Department.
Matthews police charged Charlotte-Mecklenburg Officer David Jones III with assault inflicting serious injury and Richard Samuel McVicker, the man he’s accused of punching, with driving while impaired.
People who have talked to Officer Jones’ mother, Bonita, and her family give a different version of events that rainy afternoon. They also say Matthews police officers never interviewed Bonita Jones or her 9-year-old grandson, who was in the backseat, at the scene nor have officers tried to call or schedule an interview with Bonita Jones, 63, of Charlotte.
Matthews police spokeswoman, Cpl. Lori Valdes, said her department’s investigation remains active, and officers may request an interview with Bonita Jones in the future.
At the accident scene, David Jones said he would speak only to Internal Affairs investigators with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg department.
Sources close to the family also say preliminary blood-alcohol tests indicate McVicker, of 11018 South Point Drive, Charlotte, had a level almost three times the legal limit when McVicker began banging on Jones car and screaming, scaring her and her grandson. Valdes said a preliminary breath taste taken at the scene is not admissible and not part of the investigation, and her department is waiting on results of a blood test.
Friends close to Bonita Jones say David Jones heard McVicker screaming through his mother’s phone, and when he arrived at the scene, he identified himself as an officer and asked McVicker to back away from Bonita Jones’ car.
McVicker allegedly continued screaming and banging the car, and David Jones pushed him away. McVicker landed against his own car and fell to the pavement, hitting his head. Friends of the Jones family say David Jones restrained McVicker on the ground until Matthews officers arrived but never punched McVicker.
Neither Bonita Jones nor McVicker was injured in the accident itself, and a Matthews police report does not indicate any damage to her 2005 Chevrolet. Police estimated $2,000 damage to the 2008 Pontiac that McVicker was driving.
Matthews investigators informed Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officials of the charge against Jones, Valdes said. Those officials then contacted Jones, who turned himself in to the Charlotte’s magistrate’s office Friday, Dec. 9, where he was booked.
According to Matthews police reports, McVicker, 38, ran into the back of Bonita Jones’ vehicle Dec. 7, a Wednesday, as she was stopped at the light on Sardis at Pineville-Matthews Road. Police estimated McVicker was traveling 15 miles per hour at the time. The Matthews report says McVicker had an open container of alcohol in his car.
Bonita Jones apparently called her son, who drove to the scene in his personal vehicle from his home in Indian Trail, Valdes said.
People who have talked to Bonita Jones say McVicker pulled his car besides Jones after the accident but remained inside. Bonita Jones eventually walked to McVicker’s window and asked his name. She smelled alcohol when McVicker rolled down the window and asked his name.
When he said “John Smith,” she asked to see his driver’s license, and he handed it to her. She then returned to and locked her car, planning to hold McVicker’s license until officers arrived. When McVicker asked for his license, she told him her intention, and he began screaming and pounding on Jones’ door.
McVicker required treatment at a hospital for cuts to his face, Valdes said, and doctors kept him overnight for observation. Officers also drew blood at the hospital to determine McVicker’s blood-alcohol level, Valdes said.
McVicker was previously charged in August 2010 with assault with a deadly weapon, according to the Mecklenburg County jail log. The log does not indicate the police agency that charged him or the outcome of that case. McVicker did not return a phone call from Union County Weekly.
David Jones III remains on paid administrative leave pending a criminal and internal investigation, according to Tufano, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police spokesman.