Reno Man Arrested Over Speeding Ticket

By: Auburn Hutton Email
By: Auburn Hutton Email

RENO - It seems kind of unusual. A local man caught for speeding, is sent to jail.

Police claim he committed a crime, but he says it was all a misunderstanding.

38-year-old father and business owner, Anthony Buck is not your typical criminal.

"I don't speed very often. My brother always calls me the old lady, you know, 'cause I don't go very fast," said Buck.

But on Monday, Buck was driving 40 miles per hour down Dixon Lane in South Reno. It's a 25 miles per hour zone and he admit that he was speeding.

But when he got pulled over, he says he gave the officers his license and registration, but couldn't find his insurance card.

"My kids, one of their little chores to clean out my car and they put stuff everywhere. I know I had it and I said 'can I have a minute to look for my insurance?"

Buck says the officer then wrote him a ticket for not having insurance, which he refused to sign, because he thought that meant he was admitting guilt. He says that's when the officer arrested him.

"He spread my legs, handcuffed me, put me on the curb," said Buck.

Sent to jail, over a speeding ticket. Police say it's extremely rare, but unfortunately, Buck technically, did break the law.

"In the state of Nevada, traffic charges are misdemeanor offenses, so whereas in California, you might have an infraction that isn't arrest worthy, in the state of Nevada, they are misdemeanors or crimes," said Lieutenant Dave Evans with the Reno Police Department Traffic Division.

Police say under Reno city code, you must have proof of insurance with you in the car at all times...and if you get pulled over, by law, you must sign the ticket.

"The ticket itself is just merely a summons. It's not an admission of guilt. It's just saying you promise to appear in court," explained Evans.

Buck says when he got out of jail after nearly four hours, he found the card in his side door. He says he now has a new place to keep his insurance card, one that he won't forget.

For Buck, the lesson was valuable, but also humiliating.

"It was embarrassing. When your neighbors see you getting arrested. They might think 'oh was he drinking or something? Why is he getting arrested just for getting pulled over?'"

Buck has filed a complaint with the Reno Police Department, saying he wasn't given enough time to look for his card before he was arrested.

But his case may be tough to prove.

Police say they only video tape "sometimes" when they pull people over, usually only if the person seems like they might cause trouble.

In Anthony Buck's case, it's his word against the officer's.


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