Police report: Former CB Councilman argued with victim before accident

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Gilbert, alanAn altercation outside a Carolina Beach boardwalk establishment preceded a hit-and-run accident that involved a former Carolina Beach town councilman, according to a police incident report.

Alan Bradley Gilbert, 53, of Carolina Beach, was arrested at his home on Atlanta Avenue in the early morning on Sept. 14 after allegedly driving his vehicle into a man walking his bicycle and fleeing the scene. He has been charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

According to the report written by arresting officer C.D. Edens, Gilbert and the male victim got into an argument that escalated in the parking lot next to Frank’s Pizza on the boardwalk. The victim said Gilbert “sucker punched him,” after which the victim “tackled [Gilbert] to the ground, striking him in the face.”

After that altercation ended, the report says, the victim began walking north on 3rd Street. According to the victim, the driver of a white passenger car approached him and an “argument ensued due to the previous altercation.” He then said the driver revved his engine and hit him, causing the victim to “roll up on the hood and off the side of the vehicle, according to the police report. The victim was attended to at the scene by the Carolina Beach Fire Department but refused further treatment.

Though the victim did not know the name of the alleged hit-and-run driver, witness accounts and surveillance video footage led police to Gilbert, who was found at his home on Atlanta Avenue and arrested.

Gilbert was booked for the felony as well as two misdemeanors, DWI and property damage. He was taken to the New Hanover County Jail and held on a $105,000 bond. He was bailed out the same day. Due to a pending DWI charge in Wake County, Gilbert’s driver’s license was revoked. According to the police report, he is set to appear in court in New Hanover County on Oct. 20.