Traffic Tickets Dismissed for Alabama Senator

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - An influential state senator has been cleared of reckless driving and running a stop sign in south Alabama.

A judge dismissed the tickets against state Senator Lowell Barron today after he agreed to pay $288 in court costs.

The charges were dismissed after Barron's attorney pointed out that the tickets were signed by a former police officer in Andalusia rather than a current officer.

Attorney Walt Merrell says legal officials looked at the facts and realized the case had no merit.

The former officer, Blaine Wilson, says the city of Andalusia had planned to keep him as a part-time officer and he did not realize the paperwork had not been completed when he wrote the tickets. He calls the dismissal of the tickets "a loss for law enforcement."

Barron received the tickets in July while traveling home alone from Destin, Fla.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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