Speeding Gary driver can’t convince judge otherwise
by Lori Caldwell firstname.lastname@example.org | 648-3258 February 25, 2013 6:16PM
Updated: February 25, 2013 6:26PM
GARY — Insistent that he wasn’t speeding and that his driver’s license was valid, Darren Davis testified in his own bench trial Monday morning.
“All my license problems are from y’all,” the Gary man told Gary City Court referee Itsia Rivera.
Rivera did a quick review of the case history and reminded Davis that the Bureau of Motor Vehicles sends out “a bunch of notices” to motorists with suspended licenses.
“I know the only person responsible is Darren Davis. That’s on y’all,” Rivera told him.
Davis said he paid the ticket, said the clerk’s office couldn’t find the ticket, said his license had been suspended for only two days, then said he had it reinstated.
“I had a whole bunch of proof but I was running late,” he told the judge.
Patrolman Monte Davis stopped Darren Davis, 49, on Dec. 17, 2011, after his radar showed him driving 55 mph in a 30-mph zone on Georgia Street near the Interstate 94 overpass.
“I couldn’t have been speeding on the curve. Everybody knows you can’t go that curve more than 35,” the driver said.
The officer learned Davis’ license was not valid, even though Darren Davis claimed “the next day the suspension was off.”
After Rivera found Davis guilty, he kept talking, asking for a chance to correct the problem.
“We are done,” Rivera said. “You have had opportunities to fix this,” she said.
She sentenced him to 30 days in jail.
Later, a woman brought his license to the show the court, but it was issued before the series of suspensions and not valid.