Mayor Could Get Years In Prison – For Stealing Good Parking Spots
There might be some things worth going to prison over. Precious few in my book.
Going to prison because you wanted good parking is quite possibly the worst reason on record.
But just when you think humans can’t possibly become any more stupid, your low expectations are smashed.
Davenport, Florida Mayor Darlene Bradley was arrested Tuesday on allegations she used dead people’s handicapped placards to park in designated spaces at City Hall.
Bradley, 60, faces felony charges of using a deceased person’s identification and possessing an altered or counterfeit decal on a handicapped placard, both of which carry a prison term up to five years if she’s convicted.
She also was arrested for unlawful use of a handicapped placard, which is a misdemeanor, reports The Ledger.
Based on a tip, Polk County sheriff’s deputies obtained surveillance video of Bradley parking in a handicapped space at Davenport City Hall on Monday night. She was seen lifting an oversized, wheeled briefcase from the trunk of her car and walking inside to attend a City Commission meeting, according to the arrest affidavit.
During a subsequent search warrant at her home, deputies found a handicapped placard issued to Evelyn Klinger Letterman, who died in August 2012, the affidavit states. The placard expired in October 2013, but had been altered to reflect a 2018 expiration date, records show.
The other placard had been issued to someone who died in 2015, though that person isn’t named in the affidavit.
Bradley, who was arrested under her legal first name of Teresa, was taken into custody when deputies served the search warrant, according to Sheriff’s officials. She was booked into the Polk County Jail on Tuesday and later released after posting $2,250 bail.
Callihan said residents had been calling City Hall on Wednesday asking about the arrest. Commissioner Tom Fellows said he anticipates the incident will have a significant impact on the community.
“I can’t imagine this happening,” he said. “I’m just really surprised that anybody would do that.”
He said he’s uncertain what will happen at the commission’s special meeting.
“The best thing to do is to wait and see, when all the facts are in, and go from there,” he said.
Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
December 7th, 2017
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