Mayor Darlene Bradley would go away her automobile in an accessible parking spot outdoors metropolis corridor so recurrently that Davenport metropolis supervisor, Kelly Callihan, didn’t suppose a lot of it.
“She had a placard, so I by no means questioned,” Callihan informed The Washington Submit — although on reflection, he mentioned, he by no means observed something bodily mistaken with the mayor.
Having beaten her opponent 307 votes to 182 in the final election, Bradley was some months into her third period on this central Florida city when the difficulty began.
“She’s at all times executed a great job as mayor, at all times had the perfect pursuits of town at coronary heart,” Callihan informed The Washington Submit. “We had no concept something like this could occur.”
A couple of month in the past, somebody knowledgeable the Polk County Sheriff’s Workplace that it ought to look into Bradley’s parking placard.
The sheriff’s workplace found the mayor had by no means been issued a particular parking allow, deputies wrote in an affidavit. They put in a covert surveillance digital camera outdoors metropolis corridor throughout a gathering in late November.
Footage captured that night confirmed Bradley parking her Crown Victoria and parking in one of the two spots outside the building. The video additionally confirmed the mayor “exiting the automobile with no help, eradicating a big wheeled transient/suitcase from the trunk and strolling into town corridor assembly without help,” the deputies wrote.
She left a placard hanging from the automobile’s rear-view mirror, in line with the affidavit. Zooming in on it, the deputies noticed it belonged to a Davenport girl who had died in 2012.
Afterward, she bought again within the automobile, took the placard off the mirror and drove away, deputies wrote.
She was arrested the subsequent day and charged with identity theft, counterfeiting a decal and illegally parking in a handicapped spot.