2017-10-06 / On Second Thought

Quirky Crimes in the Capital City

Forest Acres

Forest Drive: A man was arrested at 2 a.m. Sunday after he was spotted driving with no tag light on his car. When the patrol officer pulled the 28-year-old man over he could smell marijuana emanating from the car and saw smoke coming out of the window. Due to smelling the drug, the officer asked the driver for permission to search his vehicle and the man said yes. No more drugs were found, but a cold beer was sitting in the console cup holder. When the officer checked the man’s license, the computer revealed it had been suspended for failure to pay traffic tickets. There were four unpaid tickets that were dated back to 2015, and the suspensions handed down in 2016 were all indefinite. The man had also had two prior driving under suspension violations as well, so he was charged with a third and additionally charged with having an open container of alcohol in the car. He was arrested without further incident.

Forest Drive: A 59-year-old man was arrested at 7:30 p.m. Saturday after he was in a wreck, and police discovered his license had been suspended since 1994. When officers were dispatched to the scene, the woman who was rearended by the unlicensed man, told officers he had admitted to her he didn’t have a license. When they questioned the man driving, he said he had “no idea” his license wasn’t valid. It was suspended indefinitely in 1994 for failure to pay a parking ticket. The owner of the car the man was driving was a passenger, and he told the officer he did let the man drive his car, but he wasn’t aware the man had an invalid license. The vehicle was released to the owner, and the driver was taken to jail.

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