Felicia Taylor, a former CNN anchor, was detained in Palm Beach on suspicion of a hit-and-run.
The retired anchor-correspondent for “World Business Today” on CNN International was detained on July 28 after she reportedly injured another driver while operating her white Mercedes and fled the scene, according to Palm Beach Police. She rejects the accusations.
The incident report states that Taylor, a 57-year-old woman, ran into the back bumper of a black Ford being driven by a 24-year-old guy as he was stopped in traffic in front of her Mercedes.
“His vehicle was struck from behind by the white Mercedes. The impact caused [him] to strike the steering wheel, causing multiple complaints of injuries,” the report states.
Nevertheless, the report states that after the collision, Taylor’s Mercedes was seen “fleeing the site of the accident without offering aid or pausing to provide information.”
According to the complaint, Taylor, who is well-known in the social circles of New York City, the Hamptons, and Palm Beach, was then twice seen driving past the scene of the collision in her automobile, which had “suffered substantial front end damage,” without stopping.
A policeman then stopped her and said, “Taylor admitted to being in a car accident, and the other driver was ‘OK.'”
Taylor insisted that the accident was “not a huge issue” and that she wanted to return to her home.
She informed the policeman that she was coming from The Colony Hotel, adding that when she was informed that it was closed, “Taylor didn’t have a reaction.”
She denied using prescription medication or drinking alcohol, and the policeman stated that he did not notice any alcohol odor on her.
The other motorist complained of jaw, head, neck, and back discomfort, which EMTs attended to on the spot. Taylor was deemed to be unharmed after being examined by EMTs twice.
“Taylor indicated she was at a restaurant on Worth Avenue before to the incident and then stated she was at a restaurant in the Royal Poinciana Plaza,” the police officer continued. No restaurants that remember Taylor as a patron could be found.
The damage to her vehicle is her problem, it’s “hard to be a decent person,” and she didn’t stop at the accident scene because she didn’t know there was anything to be concerned about, according to Taylor, who also “wanted the other driver’s injuries to be validated”
the document also states.
Taylor was detained and brought to the Palm Beach County Jail where she was booked on charges of reckless driving and fleeing the scene of a serious collision. She pleaded not guilty and was released after posting a $3,000 bail.
Police removed her Mercedes and discovered a bottle of white wine that was 3/4 full, along with a silver thermos that was 3/4 full with “an unknown alcoholic beverage.” The wine bottle and thermos were tucked away “and out of the reach of the driver” behind the passenger seat.
Taylor, who worked for WNBC-TV from 1998 to 2006 and co-hosted Retirement Living TV’s “Daily Cafe” until 2009, was previously detained in 2015 for drunk driving.
After side-swiping another automobile in the Hamptons, she was stopped and found to have a blood alcohol level more than three times the legal limit, according to authorities.
Taylor was reportedly sent to Southampton Hospital “for medical examination” following the late-afternoon mishap on September 4 on Main Street in Sag Harbor, according to police. She was accused of having an aggravated DWI.
Taylor didn’t answer calls from Page Six seeking comment. David Roth, her attorney, was out of the country and could not be reached right away.