Friday, August 24, 2012
A man from Ocean Isle, N.C., filed a report with Georgetown police Saturday evening claiming he was pushed to the ground by Georgetown City Councilman Rudolph Bradley, who is also a taxi driver.
But Bradley says it was the man’s intoxicated condition that caused him to fall.
Claude Kirkland, 42, said he called for a taxi to drive him and his wife from the Boat Shed Marina on St. James Street to the Jameson Inn on Saturday evening.
He was unable to tell police the name of the driver on Saturday but said Bradley Taxi Service was written on the van.
The Times sent Kirkland a photo of Bradley on Monday to see if that was the person driving the van Saturday evening.
“Yes this is the guy. No doubt,” Kirkland replied via e-mail.
Later Tuesday, Bradley also confirmed he was the driver.
Kirkland told police Bradley was “rude” to him on the phone and began shouting.
Kirkland said once the taxi arrived at the Boat Shed, Bradley started making “smart remarks” and then allegedly started talking about the man’s wife and family.
Kirkland told the Georgetown Times on Tuesday Bradley told his wife, Ginger, that her mother “did not graduate second grade.”
That is when Kirkland asked to be dropped off at the corner of St. James and Front streets.
Kirkland told police when he got out of the van, Bradley also got out and continued making smart remarks. He said Bradley then pushed him on the ground.
While he was on the ground, Kirkland said it appeared Bradley was about to take off his belt but he was reaching for his phone.
“He said he was going to call the police on us,” Kirkland said.
Kirkland says he got up, paid the driver $5 for the one-block ride.
“That’s when he called me a bastard,” Kirkland said Tuesday, adding he then walked to the hotel.
Kirkland said he has no idea what sparked the confrontation but does plan to press charges.
Bradley says Kirkland’s version of events is untrue.
He said when he arrived at the Boat Shed, Kirkland was inebriated and had beer in his possession he wanted to take in the cab with him.
Bradley told him he could not have beer in the vehicle and made him pour it out.
He said he feels the altercation was the result of “all the beer and wine” Kirkland had in him.
Bradley also said he was not paid the $5 Kirkland claims he gave him.
He also said he never called Kirkland a bastard and it was Kirkland who told him he needed to go back to Beck Middle School.
Bradley also said when he was told to stop the cab, he did and Kirkland and his wife cursed him and slammed the door.
He said he did get out of the van after they did but denies he caused Kirkland to fall. He said he fell on his own.
The police report does not mention anything about Kirkland being intoxicated but it also does not state how much time passed between the incident and when police were called.
Bradley said if he feels it is necessary he will sign a warrant against Kirkland for filing a false police report.
By Scott Harper