Former Dean campaign aide has felony charges against him dismissed

Monday, December 17, 2012 at 3:24pm

A former campaign aide for Mayor Karl Dean had felony theft charges dismissed in criminal court on Monday.

Derrick Tibbs, who worked on Dean’s 2011 campaign, told The City Paper in July that he was shocked to find his name on the Metro Nashville Police Department’s West Precinct “Most Wanted” list. He was wanted on felony charges of theft.

Precision Autohaus claimed that Tibbs drove off with his car without paying for repairs. They called police and warrants were issued.

Tibbs, however, claims that the car was released to him so he could drive to get a loan for the repairs. On his way back to the shop, the car broke down. So, Tibbs refused to pay and had the car repaired elsewhere.

Tibbs’ attorney Dave Rich said the matter should have been filed as a civil complaint. Precision Autohaus did file suit in Davidson County General Sessions Court, but voluntarily dismissed the action in November.

Rich said he is preparing to file a lawsuit against Precision Autohaus for malicious prosecution. He claims that Tibbs lost a job opportunity with the state due to the pending felony charges that were leveled against him.

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