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Brunswick County man's name used for wrong speeding ticket

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A Brunswick County man is trying to get help after someone got a speeding ticket in Granville County and used his name. Freeman says he's never been to Granville County, and he was in the hospital at the time he supposedly got this ticket. John Freeman says he hasn't had a ticket in 25 years, so he was shocked when his insurance premiums recently skyrocketed because of his driving record. Freeman said, "So when I called my insurance company, they said you have a speeding ticket for 80 in a 65, and that's why I've been paying such big premiums." Freeman is confined to a wheelchair, and was actually in a Chapel Hill hospital getting treatment on the day he was supposedly speeding in Granville County. He called the DMV for answers, and was told to take it up with the Granville County courthouse. Problem is, Granville County lost the file that pertains to this particular speeding ticket. "They're telling me they have no way to check the records to find out who it was, or if it was me or if it's a typing error, or what it could possibly be, and I'm getting nowhere," Freeman said. We called the Granville County district attorney to try to get this resolved. DA Sam Currin says problems like this happen more often than you think. Currin said, "A lot of times what happens is the person that gets the ticket claims that he doesn't have a license on him, and he gives the trooper his name." If the driver gives the trooper a fake name an innocent victim can wind up with a violation on their driving record. The person who owns the license doesn't find out about it until a couple of years later when they hear from DMV that their license has been revoked for an unpaid ticket. In Freeman's case, this mixup has already cost him about $1,000 in increased car insurance premiums. The insurance company has offered to give him a refund, if he can get court records proving that the charges against him have been dropped. But prosecutors say Freeman will have to hire an attorney, or physically drive the 200 miles to Granville County, to file the appropriate paperwork in court. "It's not my fault," Freeman said. "I was not the one who got the ticket." If your insurance premiums spike, make sure you check and see why so you can catch something like this right away. This district attorney says this could be prevented if people were detained until they could provide a photo id proving who they were. But as of right now, there is no such law.

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Same problem, much worse

i have the same problem, but mine has been going on for 6 years or so, but my problem is my brother. I would randomly receive a court notice in the mail stating that i didnt show up for court dated on the ticket, so i would either have to skip school or work for the day and go to court and explain with proper documents and pictures. Officer would see the picture of my brother then charges dropped, and nothing against my brother.. time after time this happened every few months until 5 years ago it stopped, i have since moved 550 miles south and i started getting them with my old address attatched.. i dont even have a license in that state anymore

I would go commando on that

I would go commando on that idiot government screw-up. Sue the heck out of them and then see how fast they come up with the documents in this case. Sue them for a million. IDIOTS!!!


Going commando means not wearing underpants, in today's world. I doubt it would teach anybody a lesson, and you might get chafed.

speeding ticket

My Dad had an increase in his auto insurance last year. The bill stated it was because of a ticket he received in Maryland the year before. He has never been to Maryland and it was not his ticket even though the d/l number was his. After some research it turned out to be a man in Carolina beach. They had the mans correct name and address but had inverted the d/l #s so it came out as my Dad's number. What gets me is the name, address, age, birth date were all NOT my dads but they only went by the d/l#. That is about as stupid as it gets on the DMV's part. It was taken care of after my Dad had to dig up the guys ticket and prove it was not him. WHY is it the drivers responsibility to fix the DMV's or cops mistakes?? How can a cop just take someones word that they are who they say they are? That has got to be illegal.


Why dont we all just throw our ID cards away then if their is no law that requires us to pdroduce one and just tell law enforcement "my name is (name of person I don't like)"