Teen jailed over traf­fic ticket he had al­ready paid

The Covington News - - LOCAL NEWS -

AT­LANTA — An er­ror by po­lice caused a teenager to be briefly jailed over a traf­fic ticket he had al­ready paid the fine for.

Stephen Kelsey, 17, a ris­ing high school se­nior, had been play­ing soc­cer in Madrid and Lon­don and was ar­rested Mon­day when he re­turned to the Harts­field­Jack­son At­lanta In­terna- tional Air­port af­ter cus­toms of­fi­cials checked his pass­port.

The check re­vealed an out­stand­ing ar­rest war­rant for fail­ure to ap­pear in court on a ticket given for rolling through a stop sign.

Kelsey was turned over to At­lanta po­lice, who brought him to the Ful­ton County Jail.

But the teen had al­ready paid the $ 175 fine.

“ Some­body made a mis­take,” Kelsey said, “ and here I am hav­ing to be hand­cuffed in front of my coaches, my mom, my brother and my team­mates.”

Mar­lene Kelsey, who was at the air­port to pick up her son, fran­ti­cally be­gan work­ing to get him re­leased.

She got proof the ini­tial court date had been resched- uled and the ticket paid, and went to the Ful­ton County Jail, then to Sandy Springs, whose po­lice de­part­ment is­sued the ar­rest war­rant.

“ The ar­rest­ing of­fi­cer was adamant that I call Sandy Springs,” Mar­lene Kelsey said. “ I went to the precinct and no­body was there. When I called the ‘ af­ter hours’ num­ber, the phone rang, then cut off.”

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