Wall addresses traffic citations
October 27, 2006
Steamboat Springs — Gary Wall pleaded guilty in 2004 to driving with expired license plates and paid a $100 fine for the traffic violation.
He also was cited for driving under suspension and driving with a foreign license or a suspended license, but those citations were dismissed. The citations stemmed from a traffic stop at U.S. Highway 40 and Hilltop Parkway on Sept. 7, 2004.
Wall was cited earlier this year for careless driving. That citation also was dismissed.
Wall is the Democratic nominee for Routt County sheriff. His Republican opponent, Garrett Wiggins, has no Routt County citations on his driving record.
Court files indicate the driving under suspension and driving with a suspended license charges were dismissed by Routt County Judge James Garrecht. Wall said those charges were the result of clerical and paperwork errors by his insurance company and the the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles. He said he was unaware of the problems until he received the citation.
Wall said his license was “technically” suspended, but only because of the errors, which were beyond his control. “Those charges were dismissed because of a computer glitch and some paperwork errors,” Wall said. “My license has never been suspended.”
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Wall admitted to driving with expired license plates. “You know how that goes,” he said. “I just forgot about them.”
Court files also indicate Wall was cited in 2006 for careless driving after he ran into a trailer while driving on slick roads in North Routt County.
“The trailer had no tail lights,” he said. “He stopped, and I wasn’t able to avoid him. I ran into him.”
Court records show Garrecht dismissed the charge in February because the case file had been “misfiled and temporarily lost.”
Wall said he would rather have fought the careless driving charge. He said he was not at fault in the accident.
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