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Edwardsville man's license suspended 10 years after rolling a stop sign

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More than a decade after rolling a stop sign as a teenager, an Edwardsville father says the state of Illinois is now just coming after his license.. Credit: KMOV More than a decade after rolling a stop sign as a teenager, an Edwardsville father says the state of Illinois is now just coming after his license.. Credit: KMOV
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (KMOV.com) -

More than a decade after rolling a stop sign as a teenager, an Edwardsville father says the state of Illinois is now just coming after his license.

Two weeks ago, Garner Perigo got a letter from the Illinois Secretary of State’s office saying his license was being suspended.

“It said the suspension was going to go into effect the following Saturday and it was from a ticket from 10 years ago!” said Perigo.

A suspended license would mean he’d lose his job and wouldn’t be able to care for his 8-year-old daughter.

Perigo said he spoke with two attorneys who couldn’t get answers. When he called the Secretary of State’s office he received an answer he couldn’t believe.

“They were very unhelpful, not wanting to give me much information, they said ultimately there was no statute of limitation on when they could prosecute these suspensions,” said Perigo. “[The woman] even bragged that she issued a suspension last week for a ticket from 1993 so this is how pervasive this problem can be.”

Perigo reached out to News 4. He provided paperwork showing his tickets from 2008 and how he had paid the fines and went to court.

News 4 called the state Monday and 24 hours later, Perigo was informed his license was reinstated and the issue had been a “clerical error.”

Henry Haupt, a spokesperson for the Secretary of State’s office, said they offer their apologies to Perigo and said the error came from Randolph County where the ticket was issued. When asked if this could happen to other people, Haupt said he couldn’t speak to hypothetical situations.

But Haupt said he would speak to those taking calls from those like Perigo and ensure they know the importance of looking into complaints and concerns.

“I’m happy for the assistance KMOV was able to offer and I’m happy they were able to reinstate my license but we shouldn’t have to call the media to get things resolved. I don’t want this to happen to another citizen,” Perigo said.

Perigo said he is reaching out to his state representatives to see what can be done.

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