Immigration charges against Honda worker dropped

A judge in Alabama has dropped immigration and driving charges against a Honda employee from Japan after the man's attorney showed up in court with the worker's Japanese driver's license.

The employee -- whose name has not been released -- was stopped by Leeds police at a license checkpoint on U.S. 78 Monday night.

Police Chief Byron Jackson says the man had only an international driver's license when he was stopped. Under Alabama's new immigration law, he was required to carry either an Alabama license or one from Japan.

The man was able to produce a valid passport and had a Social Security card that allowed him to work in the U.S.

Jackson says a municipal judge dismissed the case on Thursday when the Japanese driver's license was produced.

A Mercedes-Benz manager was previously arrested in Tuscaloosa under the law for not having a driver's license. The charge was dismissed after the man provided authorities with identification.

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