Belleville Sheriff's clerk tries to dismiss ticket, instead faxes request to local newspaper - KMOV.com

Belleville Sheriff's clerk tries to dismiss ticket, instead faxes request to local newspaper

(KMOV) – A records clerk in St. Clair County reportedly attempted to get a deputy’s son speeding ticket in Centreville dismissed, and accidentally faxed the request to the Belleville News Democrat newspaper instead of to the attorney for Centreville.

Patrolman Jamal Jackson stopped 18-year-old Jonathan Yates for driving 43 miles per hour in a 20 mile-per-hour zone as part of a crackdown on speeding.

Yates did not show up for his court date and received another notice. That’s when the clert reportedly faxed a request asking Centreville’s attorney to dismiss the case, saying Yates is the son of one of their deputies.

The fax instead went to the Belleville News Democrat. The newspaper declined comment on this story, but dud hand over the fax which was the basis of its own story. The St. Clair County State’s Attorney is awaiting the results of the sheriff’s department’s investigation before commenting on the case. The department promises a thorough review.

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