Accidents always happen at the most inconvenient times, don't they?
Conservative talk radio host and former Houston city councilman Michael Berry is the subject of a police investigation after allegedly hitting a parked car outside a Montrose-area gay bar and fleeing the scene of the accident, according to a report by KPRC.
Tuderia Bennett told Houston police that he was working as a bouncer outside T.C.'s Show Bar at 11 p.m. on Jan. 31 when he saw a man in a black SUV reverse 70 feet on Converse Street before hitting his car, which was parallel parked. Bennett says he ran to the SUV and was able to get the license plate number and a good look at the driver before the car drove off.
According to an HPD event report, the license number led them to Berry, and bar owners told KPRC that surveillance video shows Berry inside the establishment on the night in question, when T.C.'s features a popular drag show.
However, KPRC also says the Harris County district attorney's office has declined to file hit-and-run charges because the office says no one could positively identify Berry as the driver when the accident occurred.
"In my statement, I said there's no question, 100 percent. I could line this guy up if he's standing out here with 50 people. I could walk right up to the guy and say, 'That's the guy who hit my car,'" Bennett told KPRC. He said he was not familiar with Berry or his show before the television station showed him a promotional picture for identification.
Berry did not comment on the report to KPRC, but appeared to address the charges Thursday morning on his talk show:
"When you poke your finger in somebody’s eye every day like I do, you make enemies,” he said, according to the Houston Chronicle. “There will always be attacks on me…that I said this, or did that. It takes a toll on you personally, but you simply can’t go and chase down every nasty thing said about you.”