Bryan Man Plans to Drive Despite 17 License Suspensions

By: Stephanie Ando Email
By: Stephanie Ando Email

People are arrested every day for driving with invalid licenses in Brazos County, according to local law enforcement.

"The only thing we can do is arrest the person, then trust that the legal system takes care of them on the other end," said Rhonda Seaton, College Station Police Department Public Information Officer.

Offenders must pay surcharges in order to clear their licenses. The problem for many offenders is that they can't afford to pay the fines or stop driving.

"I gotta get to my job, I gotta make some kind of money, I cant sit and just be broke," said John Warren Jr., Bryan resident.

Warren was arrested Friday for driving with a suspended license and for possession of a controlled substance. Warren has had his license suspended 17 times in the last three and a half years.

"Its kind of a catch 22, because if we keep fining them and having them pay court costs and have them go to jail then that takes away the money they could use to clear up surcharges," said Rod Anderson, Brazos County Attorney.

However, law enforcement say people who drive illegally will not be tolerated.

"If they're going to continue to drive and put the people of Brazos Drive in peril, then were left with no choice but to assess jail time against them," said Anderson.

Repeat offenders face up to 180 days in jail and a fine if convicted.

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