WILKES-BARRE — A frequent and outspoken critic of city Mayor Tom Leighton and his administration pleaded guilty in May to a minor hit-and-run.
Mark Robbins, 51, of Slocum Street, Forty Fort, was issued with two traffic citations alleging he struck two unattended vehicles.
According to two citations filed by officer Douglas Wolfe, Robbins collided with two other vehicles in the parking lot at Motorworld at about 5:10 p.m. May 1, resulting in damage to the parked vehicles, and left the area without providing required information.
“It was not a hit-and-run,” Robbins told a reporter in May. “My car was parked at (what was formerly) Ertley’s (Motorworld). I was boxed in. I scratched a car in front of me. I talked to Officer Wolfe and he didn’t think there was any criminality involved.”
Asked if he knew he struck a vehicle, Robbins said he “had no idea. I was going back and forth, back and forth, and sometimes a tap becomes a rub. Obviously Officer Wolfe believed me. … It was Ertley’s who boxed me in.”
A representative from Motorworld declined comment until after she spoke with an attorney for the company. She did not call back a reporter Tuesday or Wednesday.
Robbins was fined $300 plus court costs for each citation, bringing the total owed to $845. He pleaded guilty to both citations on May 13 and paid the fines in full.
Robbins has hurled numerous accusations at Leighton, former city administrator JJ Murphy, city Police Chief Gerard Dessoye, former city tow truck contractor Leo Glodzick and other individuals over the past several years at City Council meetings, as well as on his blog wbtruth.blogspot.com.