Missing driver’s license turns into ticket nightmare

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Tracy Shannon has been grounded for nearly two weeks, unable to take his car out on the road because his driver’s license is suspended

“I’m bumming rides,” said Shannon, a single father. “It should not be like that because I have a car.”

Shannon lost his driver’s license. He’s not sure when or where it happened. But that’s not his real problem.

A Buffalo Police officer stopped a driver on Main Street near East Oakwood Place, and the driver showed the officer Shannon’s license. By then, the license had expired, and the imposter was ticketed for driving without a license. The driver then failed to show up for traffic court.

“Whoever had the ticket, they never paid for the ticket. Why would they pay for ticket? It went to some address. It did not come my address,” said Shannon.

In the meantime, Shannon went to the DMV and got a new driver’s license. But because of the no-show in traffic court, his new license has been suspended.

On July 25, Shannon was driving on Lockport Road in the Town of Cambria, unaware his license had been suspended, when he was pulled over by a Niagara County Sheriff’s deputy. Shannon was arrested, and the deputy impounded his car.

At that point, Shannon was charged with third degree aggravated unlicensed operation and he spent that night in the Niagara County Jail, which came as a total shock to him.

“I wasn’t speeding, no loud music, everything was perfect. So when he stopped me, I was like, stunned.”

With a son to take care of, Shannon said he had never been stopped by the police before.

“I never got a ticket, I never got pulled over by a cop. So I was kind of frustrated that he did that to me.”

The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed Shannon’s account of the arrest. But this time, Shannon knew to show up for court, and a Town of Cambria judge is giving him time to put his case together.

Shannon has also appealed to the State Department of Motor Vehicles to have the bogus ticket in Buffalo re-opened, but that process could take months.

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