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Town Councilor Cited in Hit and Run

Michael Bestwick has been cited by the North Kingstown Police Department following a hit and run at Pagoda Inn.

North Kingstown Town Council member Michael Bestwick has been cited following an alleged hit and run at Pagoda Inn.

Reports recently released from the state that witnesses saw Bestwick back into a SUV while leaving the restaurant on Oct. 15. Witnesses said Bestwick left the parking lot in his white Ford F-150.

“I supposedly hit someone,” Bestwick said in response to the report. “I didn’t realize that I had hit another car. There was no damage to my truck, just a black mark.”

Police reports indicate a witness said she sat next to Bestwick at the bar and he seemed tired and smelled as though he had been drinking alcoholic beverages.

Later that night, police arrived at Bestwick’s house and inspected the truck, which they alleged had minor damage and paint transfer on the driver’s side rear bumper. Police photographed the damage and attempted to contact Bestwick, who was not home at the time, but received no answer.

On Oct. 18, Bestwick arrived at the North Kingstown Police Department after police left him a message that morning concerning the incident, telling officers that the morning’s message was the first he’d heard of an accident involving his truck.

Bestwick’s truck showed no signs of damage and, according to police, appeared to have been recently cleaned and waxed, especially in the driver’s side rear quarter panel area. Bestwick told officers he washed the car after he noticed a black mark on the rear bumper.

When police confronted Bestwick with the photographs showing the damage and paint transfer on his truck, he told officer he did notice the damage and responded by washing the truck.

Bestwick has been cited for duty to report collision with unattended vehicle and improper backing.

NKMom October 26, 2011 at 06:29 PM
We can stop DUI accidents - minor and major. It is very simple. Do not drink and drive. At all. Period. Apparently allowing any drinking before driving is too difficult for people to figure out when any is too much.
seed and soil October 26, 2011 at 11:15 PM
Character???....or a lack there of. So apparently drinking and driving as well as allegedly attempting to cover tracks of a hit and run is acceptable behavior from this TC member????.....great role model...NOT This from the same TC member who has been spotted at other NK local spots chummin' it up with Mark Hawkins....the Rolling Green's Developer. .Keep your eyes open NK residents. Start connecting those dots. And don't forget about the other TC member who accepted a very generous campaign contribution from this same group.....as well as holdng a campaign event at the Rolling Greens course.
NKGOP Watch October 27, 2011 at 02:59 AM
That would be Carol Hueston, the halley-lover who was halleys biggest fan on the school committee, and tried to start some kind of "education consulting" outfit with Halley! Hueston did NOT recuse herself from a vote to benefit Hawkins, while admitting they were "friends" for a long time, IIRC (was all in the newspaper). And people vote for this beast?
NKGOP Watch October 27, 2011 at 03:00 AM
Found it... http://www.neindependent.com/articles/2010/10/29/local/doc4cc9daae896ec322000056.txt
NK WATCH October 27, 2011 at 03:09 AM
Let's not forget about that mysterious fire at bestwick's business, Quaker lane bait and tackle, several years ago........this chump thinks he's slick........he's another embarrassment to NK.........
NK WATCH October 27, 2011 at 03:12 AM
Embry covered up Dolan's mess with the police and fire..........guess bestwick doesn't rate..........
NKGOP Watch October 27, 2011 at 04:23 AM
Well the "coverup" sprang a huge leak when the newspapers found out the NKPD had yanked the dolan arrest from the logbooks. Then the papers (all three) went all out, plus a smashing editorial against the police coverup by the NE Independent. A Democracy and Free Press are funny that way...
Steve Sironen October 28, 2011 at 12:20 AM
Hah. They should play these opinion lists at TC and SC meetings on a huge screen. Everyone should know all this.
Midlife Momma October 28, 2011 at 12:54 AM
Bestwick is quoted as saying: "There was no damage to my truck, just a black mark"--huh?? How much damage does anyone need to see before they admit they hit someone's vehicle?! Very poor judgement on Bestwick's part. Ever hear of leaving a note on the person's car? How about going back in and finding the owner? That restaurant is not that big-Bestwick couldnt be found, but his truck was later that evening-could be he was keeping himself "hidden" until the next day to make sure the effects of any drinking he may have done that night had worn off.......nice.....
Working Guy October 28, 2011 at 02:55 PM
Lots of nice things to say, by what I'm sure are morally flawless individuals. Do any of you truly know any of these folks personally? Gotta love all those free opinions you guys like to offer. The people that serve in these positions are everyday people, with plenty of flaws. Like it or not they make human errors once in a while, as we all do. Yes they attend TC meetings and try to work together to make changes within the community. Sometimes they get it right other times they mess it up royally. At least they are stepping up to do it. If you want to change the way things are done in your community, then go run yourself. Just remember....don't you dare have a bad day. The way you guys are spilling out hatred, you'd think that they were personally coming into your home and assaulting you. Worry about your own life people!
NKGOP Watch October 28, 2011 at 04:41 PM
Yup. I've met bestwick personally. Scumbag. I've seen his voting record, particularly his votes FOR friends and against the towns interests. Scumbag. And now this likely-dui, hit and run coward act. Scumbag. That pretty much covers Michael Bestwick, NK Town Council member
JoeyP October 28, 2011 at 07:52 PM
Scumbag, wow that is a strong word to use to describe one of our Town Council members. I am hesitant to use a word like that to describe people I have a problem with personally. But I suppose typing it online is easy. I would love to see people have the guts to say half the things they say on the internet to someone in person. Sitting behind a keyboard must feel empowering to some. Newspapers wouldn't print that kind of personal attack with no basis, so why is it acceptable on this forum? Most people that resort to name calling are either children who don't know better, or those with no class.
khan October 30, 2011 at 05:25 PM
Hey JoeyP thats what the comment section is for, and you just did the same thing to the people commenting just in a sarcastic I'm better than you kind of way. Maybe your the real scumbag. As for the town council members, yes they are obviously drunks, but why keep complaining about them? How about get the people of the town to stop voting them in, or run against them. Why not show up to town meetings? People in this town just don't care so why should they?
john boscardin October 31, 2011 at 01:40 AM
If Bestwick would have "stepped up" and took responsibility for his actions, he would be viewed diffferently. But he chose to high-tail it home, avoid the police and decide to have his vehicle detailed, conveniently removing the proof (which to my mind demonstrates his attempt at a coverup). I certainly hope this incident gets pursued as if he were a "regular" citizen and not quietly dismissed because he holds public office. He should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
NKGOP Watch October 31, 2011 at 03:58 AM
I would describe at least THREE of them with that word S C U M B A G S
NKGOP Watch October 31, 2011 at 04:08 AM
And that fat piece was too damn lazy to detail the whole truck no less. Wow what did we elect?
Sam October 31, 2011 at 10:57 PM
I think the bigger crime here is that he ate at Pagoda Inn
seed and soil November 01, 2011 at 12:06 AM
dear working guy....when you throw your hat in the ring to run as a public servant, meeting a certain standard is expected by those who support you. When you are elected that standard is expected of you by the community you represent...... it's called "public trust". Covering up your tracks in a hit and run and then lieing about it once you've been caught...is hardly equivalent to, as you label it "having a bad day". His actions in this circumstance, and his connections to Hawkins are a manifestation of poor judgment and character. Unless you are a family member or a very close friend, it is a complete and total quandry why anyone would defentd such actions. And even in the friend and family role, we would expect others to stick by them through the hard times, but to defend wrong doing is no ones role..
NKGOP Watch November 01, 2011 at 02:30 AM
Huh? The Pagoda is a family owned establishment. The OWNER cooks everything to order, unlike most "Chinese" restaurants and it is truly excellent. This long-standing delicious eatery is a treasure that we should hope will be there for years to come. You all should try the Walnut Shrimp it is ridiculously good! And the tropical drinks are to perfection. No affiliation whatever, I just love eating there!
Govstench November 01, 2011 at 03:48 PM
Needless to say, Bestwick needs to do the right thing and resign. Perhaps pressure needs to be brought to bear at the next town council meeting. NKPD needs to get more aggressive with this individual and prosecute him. Stay out of municipal court as another Halley alley presides on that court!
BoatME November 01, 2011 at 04:01 PM
LOL SAM!
mark henricks November 03, 2011 at 03:15 AM
Oh My Lanta. scratched!!!!! Scratched. for the love of stars liza.
NKGOP Watch November 03, 2011 at 08:21 AM
Judge JOE WHITE? One-time NKGOP Chairman? A HALLEY-lover? Listen, to be a lawyer you have to be reasonably intelligent. To support that fat, lying, cancer tumor Halley who robbed special needs funds to illegally fund a lobster and steak bash at a mansion, and about 100 other travesties over his 13 unlucky (for us) disastrous tenure, would require the opposite, extreme stupidity. Carol Hueston on our Town Council is a halley-lover (and partner in his failed(?) education consultant). Her, I can easily believe. Buy JOE WHITE a Halley-lover? If true, that would make me want to PUKE.

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