Bail Bondsman Arrested

A bail bondsman was arrested on several offenses following a hit and run accident in the parking lot of an adult entertainment club in Selma.

Selma Police said they received a report of a hit and run accident around 2:34am at the Doll’s Palace on Graham Street.   Witnesses said the female driver of a Chevy Silverado pickup truck was apparently yelling and arguing with a male passenger. As the truck sped through the parking lot it collided with a parked Chevy SUV causing about $2,000 in damage. The truck backed up, nearly struck the building, then sped away.  A Johnston County deputy sheriff located the vehicle a short time later in the parking lot of Handee Hugo’s on US 70 and stopped the vehicle.

The driver, Maria Martha Bueno, 29, of Holly Springs, reportedly told officers she was at a celebration at the club and did not remember hitting a vehicle.  She allegedly admitted to drinking prior to leaving the club.  During the traffic stop, officers found a concealed handgun between the seats of the truck.

Police said Bueno failed a field sobriety test. She later refused to submit to a breathalyzer test at the police station.

While at the police station, Bueno allegedly became emotional and told the arresting officer who was white, “O I see what this is. This is black on black crime. This is all because I’m black.”  According to a police report, the officer told Bueno her arrest had nothing to do with color but drinking and driving and leaving the scene of a crash.  Bueno then allegedly admitted to hitting the SUV but claimed she never left the scene.

She was taken before a magistrate and charged with driving while impaired, hit and run, and carrying a concealed gun after consuming alcohol.  She was released from jail on a $2,500 bond.

According to the NC Department of Insurance website, Maria Bueno is an actively licensed bail bondsman in the State of North Carolina.