A man was arrested despite wearing his lucky shirt on according to Chicago police.
Travis Clay 53 years of age on South Shore was arrested Thursday around 11:08 a.m. by the Chicago Police Department. Clay is also photograph on his mug shot wearing a four-leaf clover T-shirt that reads, “This is my lucky shirt.”
Police saw Travis driving a car with expired plates and recklessly passing cars in traffic through a bus lane, according to police spokesman. He was arrested at 1945 W. 87th St. in Auburn Gresham.
Travis does not have a drivers’ license and admitted that the vehicle did not have insurance. Police later found out that his license had been cancelled, police said.
After Travis was arrested, he was taken to the Morgan Park District police station. Police also found out that he was wanted on previous warrants. Police said Travis was charged with two misdemeanours — driving on a suspended license and not providing proper identification — and issued tickets for improper lane usage, passing a vehicle on the right, driving without insurance and driving without registered license plates.
Clay appeared in court before Cook County Judge Donald Panarese Jr. Friday, and the state dropped all charges except for one traffic violation. He pleaded guilty to driving on a revoked license and was sentenced to court supervision.
Not long ago a man was also arrested wearing a lucky shirt. His T-shirt says “Drunk Lives Matter,” the man was arrested after he committed too many traffic violations.
According to the data obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by DNAinfo Chicago, the amount of unpaid tickets and fines on traffic violation has grown into surprising amount of $1.5 billion.
“Geez, unbelievable,” said Louis Schimmel Jr., a municipal finance expert with the Michigan-based Mackinac Center for Public Policy, when told the magnitude of Chicago’s ticket debt.
“The problem could be two things: the collection process or there’s a need to shore up the enforcement,” he explained. “If people are able to get by without paying [ticket debt], they ask ‘Why should I pay?’ It’s got to be changed.”