PARIS — Embattled First Selectman David Ivey, who is the subject of a recall petition, was charged last week with driving without insurance and driving with a suspended license.
It was the third time in the past two years that his license has been suspended for not having insurance.
According to Paris Police Chief David Verrier, Ivey was charged by summons the afternoon of Nov. 25. Officer Timothy Gamache was running a routine radar check on Oxford Street and saw Ivey drive past. The department had received notification from the state that Ivey's license was suspended for not having insurance, so Gamache ran a license check and confirmed Ivey's license was suspended before pulling him over, Verrier said.
He said that when Gamache stopped Ivey, he admitted to not having a driver's license and was issued a summons for operating after suspension.
Ivey, 51, of 62 High St., was allowed to call someone for a ride, and the car was removed by someone else, Verrier said.
He said his department was aware that Ivey's license has been suspended on and off over the years, "but this is the first time that we've caught him driving."
Ivey did not return a call for comment.
Since 1999, Ivey has been convicted of speeding 54 mph in a 35 mph zone, failure to obey a stop sign, failure to display a valid inspection sticker, operating an unregistered motor vehicle, operating with a suspended registration and violating the seat-belt law. His license was suspended in December 2007, September 2008 and September 2009.
Ivey is scheduled to appear in Paris District Court at 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 14.
Editor's note: David Ivey returned the Sun Journal's call late Thursday to explain that he had not filed proof of insurance on time, but had since corrected the error. His license was reinstated on Dec. 2. "My driving record has nothing to do about me being a selectman," he said.