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Court date set for ex-TV host charged with leaving accident

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • Gary Collins scheduled to appear in court in Mississippi next month
  • He's charged with leaving the scene of an accident
  • Police were preparing an arrest warrant, but Collins' attorney handled the matter
  • Attorney: Collins thought he'd done what was required after fender-bender

(CNN) -- Former TV host Gary Collins is expected to appear in court on December 9 for allegedly leaving the scene of an accident.

Police in Jackson, Mississippi, served Collins on Thursday with a citation for leaving the scene of an accident, police spokeswoman Colendula Green told CNN.

Officers had been preparing an arrest warrant for the ex-actor, but the matter was dealt with through Collins' attorney, Green said.

Collins allegedly rear-ended another vehicle Monday and after exchanging information with the driver of the other car, left the scene. Collins' lawyer, Tom Royals, said Thursday his client left because he had been waiting for some time and he thought he had done all that was required.

"The other party knew his information," Royals said. "And in fact Collins knew someone in the car. They talked a while and then he left."

The other driver is pressing charges, Green said.

"It was not a serious accident," Royals said. "It was really just a minor fender-bender."

Collins is known for being a TV and radio personality, and is married to former Miss America Mary Anne Mobley. As an actor, he is known his roles in television series including "The Sixth Sense" and "The Wackiest Ship in the Army."