Sheriff's deputies: Rochester man had license suspended or revoked 31 times

Updated: 07/02/2014 6:20 PM
Created: 07/01/2014 8:34 PM WHEC.com
By: Jennifer Mobilia

Livingston County Sheriff’s Deputies say a Rochester man was still driving even though he had his license suspended or revoked 31 times.

Richard Zimmerman, of Rochester, is facing felony charges after a traffic stop in Livonia, Livingston County.

Sheriff Tom Dougherty says one of his sergeants pulled Zimmerman over for speeding and made the shocking discovery.

Sheriff Thomas Dougherty, Livingston County, said, “His license was suspended a total of 31 times. What started out as a normal traffic stop for simple speeding, turned into a felony investigation. In New York State, if you are suspended more than ten times on ten dates, it's a felony and this gentleman’s license was suspended 32 times.”

Not only was Zimmerman allegedly going 77 miles per hour in a 55 miles per hour zone, but the sheriff says he was also driving without a license.

Sheriff Thomas Dougherty, Livingston County, said, “This gentleman just doesn't answer traffic tickets and has no regard for the court.”

Sheriff Dougherty says the number of suspensions Zimmerman has had is highly unusual, especially for a 23-year-old.

Sheriff Thomas Dougherty, Livingston County, said, “This gentleman got so many different tickets along the way and either never appeared or never paid.  Along the line, he also got revoked a number of times.  So when the total of suspensions and revocations total up to that, ten times on ten or more dates, that's when you get into felony level.”

Zimmerman has been released and is due back in court at a later date. 

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