"Man with 51 warrants arrested"
Posted in the San Benito Forum
#1 Feb 14, 2009
"Man with 51 warrants arrested"
By MICHAEL RODRIGUEZ
A San Benito man was arrested Tuesday after accumulating 51 warrants and owing over $10,000 in unpaid traffic tickets, police said.
According to Warrant Officer Candido Ortiz of the San Benito Police Department (SBPD), 29-year-old Jaime Roa was arrested on 51 warrants that include driving without insurance, driving with an unrestrained child under the age of four, speeding, and having no driver's license.
The multiple warrants amounted to $10,982 in unpaid fines. Ortiz said Roa must now sit in the San Benito city jail until much of it is paid. Roa's other option is to gain credit for the fines by remaining incarcerated.
“He'll be arraigned tomorrow morning (Jan. 21), and the judge is probably going to require that he pay the majority of what he owes,” Ortiz said about Roa.
The suspect was apprehended at approximately 1 p.m. on Jan. 20 following a search for Roa conducted by Ortiz and fellow SBPD Officer Lupe Ayala.
“We talked to some of his neighbors, and we got a description of his vehicle, a red older model Volvo. Then Ayala spotted a car matching that description traveling east on Stenger Street,” Ortiz said.
The two officers pulled Roa over and arrested him without incident.
Interim Police Chief George Gomez said the department has become increasingly aggressive in its efforts to get unpaid traffic tickets settled.
“We have been concentrating on those folks and getting them to pay, such as this gentleman who owed over $10,000,” Gomez said.
#2 Feb 14, 2009
After reading this article, I realized the injustice that was occurring with this man. Now before you make any quick judgment calls on what I just said, stop and read the rest of this blog. Usually when given a ticket, you are given 10 days to either pay or present yourself before a judge. After which it becomes a warrant for your arrest and I truly doubt this man acquired 50 warrants in a period of 10 days. Now, by no means am I saying he is completely innocent, but why did it take so long for the first ticket to become a warrant and if there was one why did it not appear the next time he was pulled over? They have placed him in a no win situation. Perhaps he could have paid off the first offense, but how do you pay off over 10,000 dollars in traffic tickets? I agree with him paying the total fine, but perhaps allow him to pay it off with community service or payment plan. And perhaps if the people at the municipal court did their jobs, rather than taking breaks, tickets would pile up on people. But then again.. that's just my opinion.
#3 Feb 16, 2009
I see what your saying. He's guilty but the legal system took their time to make sure they could royally screw him.
Ouch, I like a meal and some wine before a good screw.
#4 Jul 14, 2011
I like a good screw first then bring out the other goodies! Well you will see this type scenario repeated over and over, the city is broke they need any kind of revenue they can get, not saying he should not pay but it will be very evident that this will play over and over again.
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