Charlottesville City Council candidate and teacher at Albemarle County High School Wes Bellamy is officially off the hook. Bellamy appeared in Charlottesville General District Court Thursday morning.
Bellamy says his troubles began when he was pulled over in February for having his school ID hanging from the rearview mirror of his car. He ended up facing two charges - the first for driving on a suspended license and the second for later missing his court date on that charge. Bellamy blames both on clerical errors.
Judge William Heatwool fined Bellamy $10 for not having his license with him and dismissed the failure to appear charge.
"I think it shows that I'm human, just like everyone else. Misunderstandings can occur with anyone. City Council candidates are not exempt," said Bellamy.
Bellamy says this whole thing has been a learning experience and one he can share with the students he mentors.
Bellamy says he does not believe this issue has had any negative impact on his campaign for City Council. He says he's looking forward to the Democratic City Council Candidate Forum Thursday night at the African-American Heritage Center at the Jefferson School from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
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