Ocean Springs mayor incident in Ridgeland investigated as hit-and-run

Ocean Springs Mayor Connie Moran says she’s using her own money to pay for damage to a vehicle she rear-ended in Ridgeland on Wednesday night in her city-owned car.

Ridgeland Police Lt. John Neal said the 9:55 p.m. crash at a traffic light on the Old Agency Bridge was investigated as a hit-and-run accident because Moran was not at the scene when officers arrived.

Moran was in Ridgeland attending the Mississippi Municipal League Conference and staying at Hyatt Place hotel, where she was headed at the time of the accident. When police got there, Neal said Burton’s 2004 Toyota Camry was still in the road. Neal said police got a description of Moran’s 2009 Chevy Malibu and the plate numbers and found it at the hotel.

The vehicle was registered to the Ocean Springs Police Department, but police reached there had no idea who would’ve been driving it and told Ridgeland police to impound it. A Ridgeland police officer, Neal said, later the same night went to Moran’s hotel room, knocked on the door and asked her for her driver’s license.

Moran, Neal said, shut the door and went to get her license but claimed that when she returned, the police officer wasn’t there.

“This is where we have a discrepancy,” he said, though he didn’t elaborate.

Sun Herald
1/29/10