MANATEE -- A 33-year-old Bradenton man was charged with driving with a suspended license after he told authorities he had to take his children out for Halloween.
Joshua Stanley Pavey of the 5300 block of 20th Street Court East was seen by a Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputy making an improper U-turn at the intersection of Lakewood Ranch Boulevard and Palmbrush Trail in Lakewood Ranch.
The incident occurred at 7:17 p.m. Thursday, according to a sheriff's office report.
The deputy made a traffic stop and, after asking the driver for his license, he was told he didn't have one and it was suspended, according to the report.
Upon investigation, the deputy learned that Pavey had prior charges for driving on a suspended license, the report states.
According to the deputy, "When I asked him why he was driving he replied, 'To take the kids trick or treating,' "
Pavey was arrested Thursday but posted a $1,500 bond and was released Friday, according to the sheriff's office website.