Republican Senate President Pays Old Traffic Tickets

Thursday, March 26th 2009, 11:17 am
By: News 9

Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Republican Senate President Pro Tem Glenn Coffee got traffic tickets twice in 2000, but didn't pay them until reporters asked him about it Wednesday.

Court records indicate he paid two $90 fines Wednesday, one for speeding on Oct. 17, 2000, and one for operating a vehicle without a current tag on March 14, 2000.

Coffee came under public criticism after The Associated Press reported last week that a federal tax lien had been filed against him last year seeking $28,822 in federal taxes owed for almost two years. He paid the taxes after the lien was issued.

Oklahoma County Court Clerk Patricia Presley said a computer glitch prevented an arrest warrant from being issued after the traffic tickets went unpaid.