A misdemeanor driving without privileges charge will be dropped against newly minted Democratic 1st District congressional candidate Jimmy Farris after Georgia officials corrected the record and confirmed Farris has a valid drivers license.
Farris said he will pay an $85 speeding ticket he received on U.S. 95 just north of Lewiston as he returned from the Sept. 24 Idaho Vandal game in Moscow.
Clearing the matter was important for Farris, who didn't need a misdemeanor to begin his long-shot race against 1st-term GOP Rep. Raul Labrador. Farris, a Lewiston native, moved to Meridian in August from Atlanta, where he played for the NFL Atlanta Falcons.
When the coincidentally named ISP Trooper John Farris stopped Jimmy Farris for speeding, the dispatcher's records showed Jimmy Farris's license had been suspended for failing to pay a fine for an infraction in Georgia due in August. In fact, Farris, 33, made the payment on time, which Georgia officials confirmed on Thursday, said Nez Perce County Deputy Prosecutor Justin Coleman.
"Mr. Farris had made an appearance at the appropriate time on the matter in Georgia and should never have been suspended out of that state," Coleman said. "In light of that, I will be dismissing the driving without privileges charge in the interest of justice."
Coleman said he will drop the charge no later than Tuesday.
Farris joked that "we should all ride our brakes harder coming down Lewiston Hill," adding that "the officer was simply doing his job."
Still, Farris said the incident suggests a need for better communication between law enforcement agencies across state lines. "It's disappointing when an Idaho citizen is responsible and fulfills his or her obligations but is punished because of the incompetence of an out of state agency," Farris said. "All in all it was an unfortunate ending to an otherwise great day at the Vandal game."
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