State Auditor Beth Wood was chagrined Thursday when she had to pay off $245 in old parking tickets before the city of Raleigh would remove the heavy orange boot clamped to her car. But she was eager to explain her alibi. It involved politics.
Five unpaid tickets had been charged to a car with the special license number “6,” assigned by North Carolina law to the state auditor. A city parking official told Wood the tickets dated from 2007 and 2008.
Wood, a Democrat, took office after defeating the former state auditor, Republican Les Merritt, in November 2008. She protested Thursday that Merritt had been driving the No. 6 car when it racked up those tickets, all for commercial loading zone violations. Read the full story here.