Reports show Charlotte judge argued, ‘slapped’ delivery truck driver’s phone in courthouse garage


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) — Judge Kimberly Best had a heated argument with a delivery driver in the parking lot of the Mecklenburg County Courthouse last month, according to multiple accounts by law enforcement. incident supplemented by courthouse security guards and deputies from the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office.

Best was nominated to a Superior Court seat by Governor Roy Cooper last November.

In January, a WBTV investigation revealed that Best had been charged with domestic violence in court filings by her now ex-husband. The court filing containing those allegations has been withheld from the public, WBTV found.

According to accounts written by security guards and MCSO deputies, the July incident began when Best tried to drive around a delivery truck that was parked at a loading dock and scratched his Porsche SUV.

“The driver got out of the SUV and started yelling at the delivery driver,” wrote a guard in the parking lot who witnessed the entire incident in his report.

“By the time I got to the back of the truck, they were both nose to nose. I intervened to separate them. They kept yelling at each other.

The guard later described the situation as “out of control” in his account and said Best refused to leave, even after telling him.

Another account written by an MCSO captain included details of a phone call between the captain and Best.

“Judge Best said the delivery driver tried to take photos of her vehicle but she blocked it by hitting her phone. Judge Best also said the delivery driver tried to take photos photos of her vehicle tag and that she also prevented her from taking (sic) photos of her tag,” the account reads.

“Judge Best said she forced (sic) the delivery driver back after trying to take photos of his tag.”

According to the captain’s account, Best said she wanted to file an incident report, but then changed her mind.

Neither the truck driver nor an employee of the company that runs the courthouse – who was on the dock to receive the truck’s delivery – were willing to provide written statements, according to the accounts.

But the employee receiving the delivery told an MCSO sergeant that “Judge Best grabbed the delivery driver by the shoulders/arms and shook her.”

In an email, a lawyer for Best denied any wrongdoing on the part of the judge.

“Judge Best did not assault anyone. Although the other driver contacted Judge Best in a threatening manner, Judge Best did not pursue criminal charges against the other driver,” Best’s attorney Charles Everage said.

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