Jackson cited for speeding in town vehicle


By Peter Williams
The Perquimans Weekly

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

HERTFORD — Hertford Councilman Quentin Jackson received a speeding ticket from the N.C. Highway Patrol while he was driving a town vehicle in Tyrrell County early Sunday morning.

Jackson was cited by N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper M.A. Myers for driving 76 mph in a 55 mph zone on U.S. Highway 64 at 12:49 a.m., according to patrol records.

Jackson, who was driving the town of Herford’s 2019 Chevy Tahoe, said he was returning from attending a function when he was stopped, but he declined to say what type of function or where it was held.

Jackson, Hertford Town Council’s mayor pro tem, also said he planned to use the vehicle this week to attend a N.C. League of Municipalities meeting. He didn’t offer specifics, but the League has scheduled an Embassy Suites Resorts Golf and Spa Meeting set for today at the Rocky River Grille in Concord.

In the comments section of the traffic citation, Trooper Myers described his interaction with Jackson during the traffic stop. He said Jackson told him the vehicle was registered to the town of Hertford.

“Didn’t have his license with him,” Myers stated. “Told me he was mayor or something of Hertford. Given citation. Told me he thought it (speed limit) was 60 (mph). (Told me) ‘I was still speeding, but I can’t believe you wrote me (a ticket.)’”

One of the reasons Jackson cited for the town’s purchase of the $50,000 Tahoe earlier this year was to provide Hertford Town Council with a vehicle to attend out-of-town meetings. The Tahoe replaced a 2009 Chevy Impala that councilors had been using to attend those meetings.

Jackson’s court date for the speeding citation is Sept. 18.