N.C. man acquitted in fiddlers' fracas

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By Brian Funk, Editor

INDEPENDENCE — A jury in Grayson County last week found a North Carolina man not guilty of all charges stemming from an Aug. 10, 2007 incident at the Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention.

Galax police had charged Teddy Ray Nixon of Jonesville, N.C. with malicious wounding, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident after Nixon allegedly struck a pedestrian with his vehicle near Felts Park.

According to a police report, Capt. James Cox was on bike patrol in the park when he heard screaming from the back gate off Railroad Avenue.

He found Gary Alderman of Boone’s Mill lying on the ground.

Alderman was treated at the scene, but did not require hospitalization.

Witnesses said Alderman had been struck by a vehicle and they gave Cox a license plate number and description.

Cox followed the vehicle, a white Toyota 4-Runner, a short distance on his bike. As he approached the vehicle, he saw that a man had jumped onto the 4-Runner’s running board and was attempting to get the driver — Nixon — to stop.