Sunday, February 1, 2015

UG commissioner candidate charged with four counts of reckless aggravated battery

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- Tamika Pledger has been officially charged in connection to the car incident that injured four teenagers on Friday.

The incident happened on the 1300 Block of Troup Avenue in Kansas City, Kan.

Pledger was charged Sunday with four counts of reckless aggravated battery.

She is currently in custody in the Wyandotte County Jail in lieu of a $50,000 bond. The Kansas City, Kan., Police Department is still investigating the case.

Pledger had filed for the vacant commissioner's seat for this spring's election. She is presumed until proven guilty.

Full press release from the Wyandotte County District Attorney's Office:
KANSAS CITY, KANSAS—Wyandotte County District Attorney Jerome A. Gorman this afternoon charged Tamika Pledger, DOB: 05-16-76, Black Female, Kansas City, Kansas, with four counts of Reckless Aggravated Battery, which are level five person felonies.  
The charges arise out of a January 30, 2015, incident which occurred in the 1300 block of Troup in Kansas City, Kansas, where four teenagers were struck by a vehicle alleged to have been driven by Pledger. These offenses carry sentences of 31-136 months in prison, depending on the defendant’s criminal history. Pledger is currently in custody in the Wyandotte County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bond. The investigation is continuing and is being conducted by the Kansas City, Kansas Policer Department.  
Tamika Pledger has already filed for a commissioner seat on the Board of Commissioners of the Unified Government of Wyandotte / KCK . She filed for the commissioner at large district one position that is currently vacant. This is the position most recently held by Mayor Mark Holland. Mayor Holland vacated the position when he was elected Mayor. The UG Commission has been unable to fill the at-large position since it was vacated by Mayor Holland She is presumed innocent until proven guilty.