Grand jury indicts NC Auditor Beth Wood on charge of misusing state vehicle

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A Wake County grand jury has indicted State Auditor Beth Wood on allegations that she misused her public, state-assigned vehicle, according to District Attorney Lorrin Freeman.

The indictment follows an eight-month investigation into Wood’s use of the vehicles assigned to her before and after she crashed a state-allocated Toyota Camry into a parked car in downtown Raleigh last December. Wood previously pleaded guilty to a hit-and-run misdemeanor in March.

The indictment on a Class 2 misdemeanor charge alleges that Wood used her state-owned vehicle for private purposes, including “traveling back and forth to regularly scheduled hair appointments and dental appointments out of town, traveling to shopping centers and spa locations where she was not engaged in business in her official capacity,” Freeman said in a news release.

The investigation into Wood’s use of her state-assigned vehicles is ongoing, Freeman said.

Wood’s first court date is scheduled for Dec. 4.