Davenport Mayor Darlene Bradley was accused of using a dead woman’s disability sticker for a car park outside of the city.
(Polk County Sheriff’s Office )
The mayor of a small Florida city faces criminal prosecution for allegedly using a dead woman’s disabled sticker to park in front of City Hall.
Darlene Bradley, 60, the mayor of Davenport, was arrested Tuesday and faces felony charges for the use of a deceased person to identify, police said. She was also charged with possession of an altered or counterfeit decal.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said he received a tip last month that Bradley was parking in handicap spots – but she was not known disabled or who have a placard issued to her:” the press release stated.
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The sheriff’s office said Bradley was recorded on video by a security camera, detectives installed outside the City Hall and captured her parking in the disabled place recently and with the help of a plate.
The video recorded by Bradley “to the left of the video with no assistance, the removal of the large wheels, short/suitcase from the trunk and walking into the City Hall meeting without assistance,” representatives wrote in the press release.
Upon further investigation, deputies focused on the placard Bradley was used and discovered the possession of a woman from Davenport, who passed away in 2012. The placard expired in 2013, but the mayor read 2018, leading researchers to believe Bradley was the forging of the placards, police said.
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On Monday, the deputies allegedly caught Bradley with the same inscription. The mayor was arrested for the following day.
Researchers searched Bradley’s house and discovered permits issued to two people who have died.
“She (Bradley) is not only violating the law,” Sheriff Grady Judd of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement, “they are ashamed of the citizens of Davenport.”
The mayor was booked into the Polk County Jail and released after posting a $2,250 bond. The mayor was that her third term as the mayor of the city, The Washington Post reported.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.