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Car With Handicapped Plates Ticketed For Parking In Handicapped Spot

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - An 82-year-old Dallas woman has been fighting a ticket for parking in a handicapped spot.

Anna Thornton’s car has handicapped plates.  She uses a traction device for back problems.  “There’s some days I can’t get up and down very good,” she said.

She was at a shopping center on Garland Road recently when she received the ticket.  “I walked out and there was this piece of paper on the windshield,” she said.

The fine is more than $500.

Attorney Rodney Elkins was so upset by the citation he took Thornton’s case for free but has had no luck convincing the Dallas Police Department to dismiss the ticket.  “It makes no sense to me,” he said, “and no one has tried to explain to me why that’s an offense.”

Thornton says she’s not paying the ticket, and is even willing to go to jail to fight it.

But after several days of fighting by Thornton and Elkins, late Monday we heard some good news.  The City of Dallas told CBS 11 News that it will recommend the ticket be dismissed.  Her case goes to trial on Wednesday.

Thornton still doesn’t know why she was issued the ticket in the first place.

 

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