CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe was involved in a fender-bender last week in uptown Charlotte.

No charges were filed in the Feb. 16 crash, and no injuries were reported.

A police report said Monroe was driving a city-owned Ford with Mecklenburg County Commissioner Vilma Leake as a passenger at the time of the wreck.

The report said Monroe pulled out from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center's driveway just before 5 p.m. onto East 4th Street and then crossed three lanes, slowing to stop at an angle behind a CATS bus that had stopped at the light at the intersection of East Fourth Street and South Davidson Street.

A 21-year-old Charlotte man driving a Nissan on East 4th Street tried to apply his brakes to avoid hitting Monroe, the report said, but struck the chief's car's rear end, causing an estimated $1,000 in damage to both cars.

A witness told the Observer that Monroe pulled out on the one-way street in front of the other driver, who didn't have time to stop.

The report lists Monroe's failure to yield the right of way as a contributing factor in the crash, but no one was cited.

Monroe spoke Thursday evening at an Eastover neighborhood association meeting. When asked by the Observer why he wasn't issued a ticket in the collision, Monroe said: We don't write tickets in accidents. I was treated no differently than anybody else.

Monroe turned to Maj. Paul Zinkann, commander of the Criminal Investigations Bureau, for clarification, and Zinkann agreed. Zinkann said a motorist would be charged only if there was personal injury or a clear delineation of fault.

CMPD spokesman Capt. Brian Cunningham said the 54-year-old chief was recently involved in a wreck in which someone rear-ended him. The other driver wasn't cited in that incident, Cunningham said.

Michael Ross told the Observer that his son, the 21-year-old driver, called him just after the crash and told him he'd been involved in a wreck.

He says, 'It wasn't my fault. I hit a police car,' Ross said. I said, 'Oh my God.'

Ross and his son didn't even realize that the officer he'd rear-ended was the chief of police until days later.

His son's front turn signal doesn't work, and his bumper may have to be replaced.

But I don't really care if the police chief gets charged, Ross said.

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