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Officials in Madison, Live Oak charged in traffic incident

Officials in Madison, Live Oak charged in traffic incident 2
Officials in Madison, Live Oak charged in traffic incident
Officials in Madison, Live Oak charged in traffic incident
Posted at 6:46 PM, May 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-16 15:04:05-04

MADISON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - Two elected officials in the Big Bend will be in court in June to face charges from a traffic incident last month.

Madison City Commissioner, Rayne Cooks, and Live Oak Council President Bennie Lee Thomas were charged with obstructing an officer.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a trooper responded to a crash on Gooseberry Street in the town of Lee in Madison County on April 20.

Cooks was behind the wheel of a pickup truck with Thomas in the passenger seat when the truck crashed into a power pole.

The trooper started a criminal investigation after determining Cooks was lying about how fast the truck was going.

Thomas told the trooper he was at home when the crash happened, but an eyewitness said Thomas was the only one inside the truck.

When Cooks was being fingerprinted, she reportedly smudged the paper on purpose.

Both Cooks and Thomas will be arraigned June 18.