Hmmm... this is getting interesting.
First of all, I think where we're getting confused is differences in state law. On the ticket I was given, there are two boxes, one is checked. One says Misdemeanor, the other says Traffic Infraction. I'm pretty sure a traffic infraction is not a crime, therefore it is not a misdemeanor.
Here's where it gets REALLY interesting... The other driver never gave me his information, and the state trooper told them they could leave before I could get it. Monday morning, I drove by the veterenarian clinic, as it was on this property that the accident happened. I first asked if they were going to file a claim for the damage to their mailbox. They said it's no problem and not to worry about it. Then, I asked if they could possibly give me the name and phone number of the person who would have left their driveway at that time, to which she replied that it was an employee of the clinic. She kindly gave me the lady's name, and asked me to call her back during business hours. I called her last night, and she was very curteous, offering to call me back with all of her insurance information. I was very nice, never got upset, and I thought the call went very well. I never got a call that night. This morning, my first sergeant, my boss, at work called me into his office, saying that they were threatening me with HARASSMENT charges because I called her at work, and that they refuse to give me their insurance information, because I was cited as at fault in the accident. Isn't that illegal?
I called my insurance company
, told them that I knew the lady's first name, and where she worked, and that's all I had. I also told them of the threat of harassment charges, and that they refused to give me their insurance information. The insurance company's
working on it now...What's a good way to proceed with this?
On edit: This may be a sign they don't have insurance...