Indian Trail resident faces questions after traffic incident, police investigation
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have suspended Officer David Jones III and will recommend him for termination. The ruling came Wednesday, Dec. 21, after CMPD launched an investigation into Jones’ actions in a traffic accident Dec. 7.
“The recommendation for this action was the outcome of an Independent Chain of Command Review Board which examined the information gathered during the internal investigation,” police spokesman Robert Tufano said in a news release.
Jones drove to the scene of a minor traffic accident involving his mother Dec. 7 and allegedly punched the driver of the other car at the corner of Sardis and Pineville-Matthews roads. Matthews police charged Jones with assault inflicting serious injury and Richard Samuel McVicker, the man he’s accused of punching, with driving while impaired.
McVicker pulled his car besides the mother’s vehicle 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.
Preliminary blood-alcohol tests indicated McVicker, of 11018 South Point Drive, Charlotte, had a level almost three times the legal limit. When he started banging on the car window, the mother then called Jones, who drove to the scene. Differing reports either have Jones identifying himself as an officer and pushing McVicker away or punching him.
McVicker required treatment at a hospital for cuts to his face. Officers also drew blood at the hospital to determine McVicker’s blood-alcohol level
Tufano said that the criminal investigation by Matthews police is ongoing.