Tickets Dismissed Against Alabama Senator Lowell Barron

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Traffic tickets against state Sen. Lowell Barron have been dismissed.

Barron had been scheduled for trial Tuesday afternoon in Andalusia on tickets for reckless driving and running a stop sign.

But Barron's attorney reached an agreement with the district attorney to dismiss the tickets because of legal questions about how they were issued.

A judge dismissed the tickets against Barron after he agreed to pay $288 in court costs.

The charges were dismissed after Barron's attorney pointed out that the tickets were signed by a former police officer in Andalusia rather than a current officer.

The former officer, Blaine Wilson, says the city of Andalusia had planned to keep him as a part-time officer and he did not realize the paperwork had not been completed when he wrote the tickets. He calls the dismissal of the tickets "a loss for law enforcement."

Barron is a seven-term senator from Fyffe and is chairman of the powerful Senate Rules Committee.

He received the tickets in July while returning from a family vacation.

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