HOUSTON – A man who says Michael Berry hit his car in Montrose and left him with $1,800 in repairs claims the prominent radio talk-show host isn’t getting what he deserves.
Tuderia Bennett says he watched Berry leave a club in Montrose, back down the street and smash into the front left side of Bennett’s car.
Then, Bennett claims Berry just drove away.
"I’m standing in the intersection, waving the guy down, saying, ‘You need to come over here.’ He passed me right up," Bennett said. "If you want to hit me and take off, well, we have a problem now."
Berry is a former city councilman and a popular conservative talk-show host.
Inside the club, the owner told KHOU 11 News that Berry was, in fact, there that night – and he has a video that proves it. But that video was handed over to HPD.
KHOU 11 News obtained a copy of the police report, but despite the video, the eyewitness and Berry’s license plate number, no charges have been filed.
According to Bennett, an HPD accident investigator said there was damage to Berry’s SUV, but the damage was more consistent with backing into a cement pole or block than backing into Bennett’s car.
Bennett believes that proves that Berry has friends in high places.
"A hit-and-run is still a criminal act, whether you are an average individual or someone that has political pull, like he does," Bennett said.
Although Berry did not directly address the incident on his radio show, he did say this: "I’ve always said, when you do what I do, the way I do it, you make enemies."
Berry also told KHOU 11 News that he could not comment about the allegations.
"My side is: I can’t comment. I wish I could, but I cannot."