01-17-2008, 08:44 AM #1
Yep. 76 tickets will land you in jail
HARLINGEN, Texas - Tickets for expired car registration usually don't result in jail time. Unless, of course, that ticket is a driver's 76th. Valerie Ortiz Sanchez, 31, was arrested Monday during a routine traffic stop when officers discovered she had 76 outstanding traffic warrants and nearly $19,000 in unpaid fines and court fees dating back nine years.
Sanchez was arrested on charges of having an expired car registration, no insurance and driving with an expired license, according to an arrest report. She remained in the Harlingen jail Wednesday, and it was unclear whether she had a lawyer.
Municipal Court Judge Valerie Garcia on Tuesday set bond at $1,000 for driving without a valid license and $1,500 as a minimum payment on the warrants, Harlingen police Sgt. John Parrish said.
Garcia dismissed some of the warrants because they were outdated, reducing Sanchez's total to $15,696 in fines and fees.
Sanchez's license was suspended Dec. 16 after she was charged with driving while intoxicated, police said.
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