Is it me or is the California state goverment stupid
by, 07-19-2008 at 05:14 PM (1420 Views)
Sometime between April and Sept 1984 my 1984 Toyota 4Runner was stolen from the Longterm/Deployment parking lot aboard NAS Alameda in Alameda, Ca.
I didnt find out the vehicle was stolen until I returned home from deployment in Aug 1984.
When I returned home I recieved notice from the city of Sacramento that the vehicle had 19 outstanding parking tickets between May and Aug 1984.
The vehicle was impounded in Aug. for parking violations.
After filing a Stolen vehicle report with Alameda police and Navy NCIS I took copies of both reports along with my orders for deployment and went to the Sacramento impound yard.
Only to find they had released my vehicle (to me they said) 10 days earlier. Impossible I was in the middle of the Pacific ocean at that time, I had the deployment orders to prove it.
They told me I still had outstanding balances for the parking tickets that needed to be paid.
But as my luck was running since they had me available they felt it was best to arrest me for the outstanding balances and hold me until they were paid or I had served enough time to them work off.
4 days later I finally went before a judge, he was shown my orders and heard testimony from my Commanding officer, he then released me and struck the tickets from the record. Listing in the record the vehicle was stolen, the tickets were incurred while I did'nt have posession of the vehicle, and I was'nt to be held liable for them.
I was paid off by insurance for the vehicle and it was listed in Calif. DMV records as stolen/not recovered.
I left Ca. in 1991and never heard another word about the vehicle.
12 days ago I recieved a letter from Redding Ca. that my 1984 4Runner had been recovered and was being held in the impound.
I called and informed them they needed to contact DMV and the Ins. company as the vehicle had been stolen in 1984 and I was no longer the owner.
4 days ago I recieved a letter from California DMV stating I owed $36,763.27 for vehicle parking fines, late registration, impound fees, and penaltie and interest incurred between May 1984 and June 2008 on my 1984 Toyota 4 Runner. There were also two bench warrants out for my arrest for two separate hit and run accidents committed by the vehicle in 1989 and 1994.
To say I was a little shocked and angry would be stretching the truth.
After faxing every piece of information I could find to the Ca. DMV proving I wasnt in Ca. during the time frame these acts were committed and information showing the vehicle had been listed stolen/not recovered in 1984 the Court clerk informed me I should come back to Ca. turn myself in and let the court decide. Yea that'll happen.
Yesterday my lawyer called to tell me the court is thinking of possibly dropping the charges if I agree to pay the fee's and fines. I'm sure you could guess my response.
Today Texas sent me notice my Texas DL is revoked because I have outstanding charges and fines from the state of Ca. Now I gotta go deal with DPS on Monday.
I'm trying to figure out who I pissed off that has this kind of power.