Top Demo Faces Accident Charge


The outspoken head of the Pend Oreille County Democratic Central Committee and a crisis network for battered women has been arrested on a hit-and-run driving charge.

Deborah McRoberts, 39, surrendered Wednesday after being advised of a King County District Court warrant against her. She posted $500 bail at the Pend Oreille County Jail and was released.

The warrant was issued after McRoberts failed to appear for arraignment in January. The case involves a Sept. 13, 1994, accident in North Bend, Wash.

McRoberts could not be reached for comment, but her attorney, Anna Nordtvedt, said no one was injured in the “bumper-to-bumper” accident, which did no damage to McRoberts’ car and little to the other vehicle. Nordtvedt said McRoberts did not exchange information with the two women in the other vehicle because they were rude and belligerent.

When police later contacted McRoberts, they led her to believe “it was so minor she didn’t need to worry about it,” Nordtvedt said. She said McRoberts doesn’t remember receiving a court summons. No new court date has been set.

, DataTimes

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