Former city commission candidate Sean Jackson has been re-cited for an alleged hit and run in the city hall garage after police accidentally mixed up witnesses and dropped the case, said the West Palm Beach Police Department.
Jackson, 24, lost to Sylvia Moffett in last year’s north end race and has vowed to run again in 2014. He is currently chairman of the recently founded Black Republican Caucus of South Florida.
Jackson initially acknowledged to The Palm Beach Post that “my bumper tapped another car and that was that” in the Feb. 19 incident. But he later changed his story after the charges were mistakenly dropped, denying he ever hit a car. Sharon Richards, an employee in the city’s finance department, said her parked car had $400 worth of damage after Jackson allegedly backed into it.
Alisha Johnson, a parking attendant who said she witnessed the incident, said Jackson wrote down the car’s plate number but then threw it out and drove off. Johnson said Jackson later came back and threatened her after she reported the incident. Johnson said Jackson also regularly tries to park on the first floor of the city hall garage, which is reserved for city employees, claiming he is a city commissioner. Jackson has never served as a commissioner.
Jackson, who said Johnson’s story was exaggerated, also was cited in February for driving with a suspended license, but Officer Karl Seifel said Jackson will not be re-issued that ticket because his license was later reinstated. Though his license was suspended at the time of the incident, Seifel said Wednesday that a court would likely dismiss that charge now that Jackson’s license is active.
Jackson said he has not yet received the citation in the mail and did not say how he would plead.