Oklahoma House speaker-elect pays fine nine years late

The incoming Oklahoma House leader says he was unaware a bench warrant had been issued for his arrest in 2003. The bench warrant was dropped after he paid a traffic fine.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Modified: December 13, 2012 at 5:48 pm •  Published: December 14, 2012

Shannon's traffic woes began Oct. 10, 2002, when he was cited for speeding. Shannon didn't meet the deadline to pay the fine, which resulted in his driver's license being suspended Feb. 5, 2003. Shannon said he paid the outstanding ticket a week later, but unknown to him his driver's license remained suspended.

On March 6, 2003, Shannon was cited for speeding in Grady County and driving with a suspended license. Shannon said that was the first time he became aware his license had been suspended. He went the next day to get his driver's license reinstated. He said he has had a valid driver's license since.

However, the 2003 citation given to Shannon on March 6, 2003, for driving with a suspended license, was never paid.

Shannon said state Public Safety Department records didn't show any suspension of his license as a result of the 2003 citation.

“I have periodically checked on my driving record with DPS, but this has never shown up, and in fact, they still don't have a record of it today,” Shannon said.