BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Police say a Buffalo man speeding down the Kensington Expressway was driving on an expired license with 25 active suspensions.
In the past, 26-year-old Maurice Holmes has had run-ins with the law, and after bailing out of jail, he failed to show up in court or pay his fines. But after being pulled over for going 85 MPH in a 55 MPH zone around noon on Sunday, a judge made it much harder for Holmes to get away without answering the charges.
State Police Sgt. Thomas Owczarzak said, "The rest of the majority of the motoring public is doing the right thing. And you have a small but persistent group who simply just don't care."
A Town of Tonawanda Police officer was onto Holmes more than a year ago. After pulling him over for speeding, the officer found 11 suspensions on his license. So he charged Holmes with aggravated unlicensed operation.
But according to court records, bail was set at $300, and Holmes was free to go. When he failed to show up for court, Tonawanda issued a bench warrant.
And the license suspensions continued to pile up: failing to pay a fine in Buffalo, failing to show up to court in Cheektowaga, failing to pay a fine in Erie County. Since being pulled over in Tonawanda more than a year ago, 14 more suspensions were tacked on to Holmes' 11 others.
"They have no reason to comply because oftentimes they don't have anything to lose," Sgt. Owczarzak said.
In Buffalo City Court, Judge James McLeod said Holmes' record is past the point of ridiculous. Judge McLeod set bail at $35,000 in an effort to make sure Holmes shows up for court.
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