COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Friday, State Senator RC Soles will represent 17-year-old Allen Strickland for traffic violations involving his ATV, a vehicle the senator reportedly paid for.
According to a police report, Strickland was riding his ATV on the roadway without a valid North Carolina driver's license.
Strickland has two vehicles, a Corvette and the four wheeler, which he said he purchased with money given to him by Soles.
"He paid for the house, four wheeler, and Corvette, but he didn't know he paid for it," said Strickland.
Soles will also represent Strickland's 29-year-old uncle, Jerry Stanley, for drug charges the same day he represents the teen.
Soles' relationship with Strickland came under the spotlight after Strickland's home was set on fire in June - a house Soles paid for.
In an exclusive interview, Soles said the two were friends and he was helping Strickland out of generosity.
Strickland and Stanley are expected to be in Superior Court in the near future. They are charged with burning down the home of Bill Phipps, the father of Soles' law partner, William Phipps.
Soles will not be representing Strickland or Stanley in that case.