UPDATED: Aug. 6, 2014 3:02 p.m.
WASHINGTON (WNEW/AP) — Former District of Columbia mayor Marion Barry has paid his outstanding traffic tickets after accumulating more than $2,800 in fines over the past two and a half years.
The website of the District’s Department of Motor Vehicles showed that Barry’s 2002 Jaguar had a balance of $0 on Tuesday afternoon.
The 78-year-old Barry is a D.C. councilmember, a position that comes with some parking privileges.
Barry’s recent traffic tickets included five citations for speeding and one for running a red light.
The District’s Department of Public Works can tow a vehicle or put a boot on it if it has two unpaid tickets that are more than 60 days old. Barry had a total of 21, including several for failure to display current tags, speeding and illegal parking. The oldest was from February 2012.
On Wednesday, Barry released a statement regarding the unpaid parking tickets and Saturday’s accident. In regards to the unpaid parking tickets, “I paid the balance of these tickets, in the amount of $2,339.00, from my own personal funds,” Barry says in the statement.
He goes on to address Saturday’s accident, in which he claims he began to feel his blood sugar level drop and hit another car. “…I want to set the record straight once and for all, for there were some Barry haters and members of the press who exaggerated the incident, causing the public to become unnecessarily alarmed,” Barry states.
Barry was taken to the hospital following the minor crash on Pennsylvania Avenue in southeast Washington.
He goes on to describe his hypoglycemic attack, which he says was determined after a visit to the hospital, and says “the outcome could have been much worse.”
Police say the accident involved a car driving the wrong way and colliding with another vehicle. Officer Araz Alali says Barry was cited for driving on the wrong side of the street, driving an unregistered vehicle and failure to have insurance. A person in the other vehicle complained of neck pain and was taken to a hospital.
The former mayor has been a diabetic for over 20 years.
To view the entire press release, click here.
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