After a TV reporter confronted him with records of more than $1,000 worth of unpaid traffic and parking tickets, Montgomery County Council President Craig Rice (D-Germantown) told The Washington Post the tickets have been paid.
According to WJLA, Rice had a tab of $1,265 in unpaid tickets from the past three years.
One of the tickets was given in September, a record that was first noted at the Parents’ Coalition of Montgomery County’s website on Friday.
The TV station reports that in that case, Rice was driving
in an I-270 HOV lane alone during morning rush hour. Rice reportedly told WJLA
that he was only in the lane because he was passing another vehicle. He contested the $80 ticket and had asked
for a trial, but he missed the court date because he was at the 100,000 Homes
Campaign, a housing initiative for homeless people, according to news accounts.
He insists that he paid the ticket.
Rice reportedly told WJLA that he didn’t know anything about several other outstanding citations from Washington, DC, and Annapolis. He said the tickets were sent to the dealership where he leased his vehicle and never were forwarded to him, according to news accounts.
WJLA reported that Montgomery County District Court asked the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration to suspend Rice’s driver’s license. But a spokesman for the MVA reportedly told The Washington Post that that was not true.
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