Tim Newman, the former chief executive of the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, is scheduled to appear in court Monday and may be tried on DWI and hit-and-run charges.
The case is set for trial, Mecklenburg Assistant District Attorney Bruce Lillie told the Observer on Friday.
Newman, 48, was charged with DWI and hit and run on May 22. He was arrested by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police after an accident at Interstate 77 and LaSalle Street shortly after 10 p.m., N.C. Highway Patrol trooper John Burgin said.
Burgin said there was stop-and-go traffic on I-77 that night because of another accident. Newman hit a vehicle, the trooper said. The driver of the other car stepped out of the vehicle, but Newman said everything was OK and drove off, according to Burgin. The other driver called police.
Burgin said the arresting officer believed Newman had been drinking. Newman had an alcohol level of 0.14 percent. Its against the law in North Carolina to drive with an alcohol level of 0.08 percent or more.
Newman could not be reached for comment about his court case.
Newman had been the CEO of the CRVA since 2004 but was forced out last year after the Charlotte City Council and Mayor Anthony Foxx questioned his management.
After a new chief executive was hired in December, Newman stayed on as a senior executive. The CRVA said Newman resigned in February.
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