UPDATED Aug. 5: A check of Marion Barry’s license plate number currently shows a $0 balance owed to the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles.
EARLIER: WASHINGTON — The car of former D.C. mayor and current council member Marion Barry has been impounded after he was involved in a crash Saturday.
Further complicating the return of Barry’s 2002 Jaguar is more than $2,800 in outstanding tickets he has incurred since 2012 and would have to pay, according to The Washington Times.
Barry, a 78-year-old diabetic, suffered a hypoglycemic attack Saturday. He became disoriented at the wheel and collided with another car.
A police report, obtained by WTOP, reveals Barry’s vehicle registration was expired and he did not have proof of insurance for the vehicle, a 2002 Jaguar.
Also, the Ward 8 council member owed $2,824 on 21 outstanding tickets, according to The Washington Times. The tickets date back to 2012.
The Washington Times says the violations, which occurred between February 2012 and July 2014, include the following:
- $1,460 in eight separate fines for failure to display current tags;
- $684 for five automated-enforcement speeding tickets for driving 11 to 15 mph over the speed limit;
- $150 for a red-light camera fine;
- $120 for three parking tickets.
- After Saturday’s crash, Barry received citations for driving against traffic, expired tags and lack of insurance. The fines associated with the citations are not yet clear.
Barry may not have to pay some of the parking tickets based on D.C. Code, which allows council members and Congress to park their cars on “any available curbs space” during “official business,” according to The Washington Times. The code would exempt him from paying three of the parking tickets.
For Barry to get his car from the impound lot, D.C. police indicated to The Washington Times that he would have to pay off all his old fines. Also, the vehicle registration and tags must be up to date before a vehicle can be released from a city impound lot, according to the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles.
On Saturday, Barry’s car collided head-on with another vehicle in the 2900 block of Pennsylvania Avenue in Southeast. Barry was treated for having low blood sugar. The other driver complained of pain in her neck and head.