September 6, 1997 in Nation/World

Son Of Naacp Leader Held After Accident

Compiled From Wire Services

Police arrested the son of NAACP president Kweisi Mfume after he gave them a false name while being questioned about a traffic accident.

Michael Mfume, 27, told authorities he was driving a car that was involved in a minor accident Thursday north of Baltimore, police said.

But witnesses told police the driver was Tony N. Braxton, 24, of Baltimore, who is wanted on charges of attempted murder and kidnapping in Annapolis.

Police spokesman Bill Toohey said Mfume was being held Friday in the Baltimore County Detention Center on $1,000 bail on charges that included making false statements to a police officer and driving on a suspended license.

Braxton also was in the detention center and being held on the Annapolis warrant, Toohey said.

According to a police report, Braxton and Mfume told police responding to the accident that Mfume was driving and both gave false names.

But the report said that Mfume, whose driver’s license was suspended a year ago, had been driving a third car not involved in the accident.

Mfume is one of five sons of Kweisi Mfume, the former U.S. representative from Maryland who became president and chief executive of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in 1996.

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