Crime & Courts

Toal posts bond for airport ticket

S.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Toal has posted a $257.50 bond for a traffic ticket she received following a parking lot collision two weeks ago at Columbia Metropolitan Airport, a Lexington County magistrate said this morning.

The bond, which was mailed, was received by Lexington County Central Traffic Court on April 2, said Magistrate Gary Morgan, who is not handling her case.

The bond will be forfeited as the fine amount if she doesn’t appear for a hearing scheduled for Wednesday morning, Morgan said. If she requested a trial and was found not guilty, the bond would be refunded to her, he said.

Toal earlier told The State that she intended to pay the fine. Typically, most people charged with traffic offenses mail in the bond amount listed on the ticket in lieu of appearing in court.

Lexington County Sheriff’s deputies issued Toal a ticket for failing to leave a note after she backed into an SUV with her minivan on March 29 in a reserved parking lot at the airport. Total damage to the SUV was estimated at $1,000, authorities said.