BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A local man says a black mark on his driving record is a mistake and is preventing him from advancing his career.
Chrisanthony Shields is trying to get his commercial driver's license (CDL), which can open all kinds of job opportunities, including where he is working now. But a 5-year-old traffic ticket from another state is holding that up.
For Shields, money is so tight he has to catch a ride to work until he can get his car fixed. He is a bus aide for We Care and came very close to getting his CDL, which would put him in the driver's seat and earn him a bigger paycheck.
"Able to pay more of my bills, and just have fun, and then send my daughter some money. I've got a daughter that is in college, going to college for a medical examiner," Shields said.
He took his CDL exam here at Northtown Plaza and passed. But DMV employee found he had been red-flagged by the State of Florida.
Shields learned a traffic ticket had been issued to him in Leon County, Florida back in March 2008. And when he failed to show for court, a warrant was issued for his arrest - a warrant that is still in effect.
But Shields says at that time, he was living in Rockford, Illinois and working at a chewing gum factory. He has the payroll records to prove it.
Shields has filed a motion in Leon County Court to have his ticket expunged, but it didn't work.
"I filed a motion, and the year that she gave me for the ticket, and the ticket number. Then I sent it off. Two weeks later, came back, I called and they said they denied it," Shields said.
Shields is getting support at work and help at the Auto Bureau to keep driving toward his dream.
Shields said, "And then they said, 'Well you've got to take this number and get with them, and get this cleared up. Then come back, and have them faxed to us that you are clear, so you can get your CDL.' And I said, 'Cool.'"
Adding to the confusion, Shields was born and raised in Florida and at one time, his driver's license was suspended. But that was 15 years before that ticket was issued.
To get his record straightened out, Shields will have to re-file his motion to have the ticket expunged, contact the prosecutor in Leon County explaining the traffic ticket was a mistake, and ask the judge to dismiss the warrant for his arrest.
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