Woman blames suspended driver's license on ID mix-up - Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Woman blames suspended driver's license on ID mix-up

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Theresa Delgado no longer has a license, but said it is no fault of her own. Theresa Delgado no longer has a license, but said it is no fault of her own.
Theresa, along with her husband Bo, lives in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Theresa, along with her husband Bo, lives in Vicksburg, Mississippi.
The couple said Memphis Police recognized the error and admitted that the ticket was written to a man. The couple said Memphis Police recognized the error and admitted that the ticket was written to a man.
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(WMC-TV) - A Mid-South woman said law enforcement is hounding her for a mistake made by authorities.

Theresa Delgado no longer has a license, but said it is no fault of her own. She said Memphis police wrote her driver's license number on someone else's ticket.

The catch – she lives five hours away, and prosecutors are asking she appear in Memphis court to defend the mistake.

Theresa, along with her husband Bo, lives in Vicksburg, Mississippi.

She received a letter in the mail on May 17 saying her license was suspended because of an unpaid ticket in Memphis.

"It's a mistake," said Bo.

She said she never received the ticket in the first place.

The couple said Memphis Police recognized the error and admitted that the ticket was written to a man. They said the officer accidentally wrote down the wrong driver's license number.

"The car listed is a black Chevy Tahoe, the address listed is an address in Southaven ... We've never owned a Tahoe, we've never been to Southaven,"

But Theresa is still being asked to pay the fine or appear in court in Memphis to plead her case.

"What's happening here is procedure being used like a weapon and we didn't do anything wrong," said Bo.

To help their case, the Delgado's sent copies of their driver's license, proof of insurance, and signatures verifying their statements.

But Memphis prosecutor Teresa Jones told the couple in an e-mail that the information is not enough to recommend that the ticket be dismissed.

More than 40 days into the process, Theresa still cannot drive. The family is still waiting for answers.

"This could happen to anyone of your viewers. And once it happens you're at the mercy of procedure. You're at the mercy of however fast someone decides to move," said Bo.

The couple said they were in Memphis in January, but never received a ticket and never encountered a MPD officer.

Theresa's license was suspended because of an agreement between the two states. It suspends drivers license if fines and fees are not paid.

Action News 5 reached out to the City of Memphis and MPD Friday but did not hear back from either.

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