Mayor stole identity of two deceased women to use handicapped parking spotBy Emily Lewis 10:46 AM December 7, 2017
People in Florida were shocked over the arrest of a mayor who was accused of stealing the identity of two deceased people.
The mayor of Davenport was arrested after she was seen using the handicapped parking placard of two deceased women, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
Police received a tip last month that Mayor Teresa “Darlene” Bradley, 60, was parking in a handicapped spot at city hall despite not having any obvious medical needs.
Police set up a surveillance video outside the Davenport City Hall and deputies saw the mayor using the handicapped permit to park in the handicapped spot several times.
Police released a video showing Bradley exiting the vehicle with no assistance, removing a large wheeled suitcase from the trunk and walking into city hall for a meeting without assistance.
Authorities said that Bradley hung the parking permit in her car when she parked and she removed it when she drove off.
Authorities checked the placard and found that it belonged to a woman who died in 2012.
The permit expired in 2013 while the mayor’s placard had an expiration date of 2018, leading the sheriff’s office to suspect that Bradley had forged the permit.
When the authorities searched her house, they found two placards. One was issued to the woman who died in 2012 and the other belonged to a woman who died two years ago.
Bradley was arrested and charged with identity theft, counterfeiting a decal, and illegally parking in a handicapped spot.
Bradley was booked into the Polk County Jail. She was released after posting $2,250 bail.
If convicted, Bradley, who is a three-term mayor, will have to step down. The governor can also intervene and suspend her until her trial is over.
The city commissioners will hold an emergency meeting to discuss all options, according to Davenport city manager Kelly Callihan.