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Mayor resigns after being caught using stolen ID’s for handicap parking spots

The Polk County Sheriff's Office released video investigators say shows Davenport, Florida, Mayor Teresa Bradley parking illegally in handicapped spot using a placard belonging to someone who is deceased.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office released video investigators say shows Davenport, Florida, Mayor Teresa Bradley parking illegally in handicapped spot using a placard belonging to someone who is deceased. Polk County Sheriff’s Office

The mayor of Davenport has resigned about a week after the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office arrested her and accused her of using identities stolen from dead people to park in handicap spots.

Assistant State Attorney Jacob Orr said Teresa Bradley’s resignation and six months probation are part of a plea deal, according to Spectrum Bay News 9. Bradley pleaded no contest to a second-degree misdemeanor charge for unlawful use of a handicap placard.

Deputies received a tip in November that Bradley, 60, wasn’t registered to have a handicap tag but was parking in the designated spots at Davenport City Hall anyway. An investigation and search of her home revealed that she had two handicap placards, that were issued to two separate victims, in her possession.

The sheriff’s office previously released video of their investigation into Bradley’s criminal activity, including a picture of her car parked in a handicap spot with one of the stolen placards hanging on her rear view mirror.

“We expect our elected officials to set the proper example,” said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd. “She not only violated the law, she embarrassed the citizens of Davenport with her illegal conduct,”

Bradley was charged with unlawful use of a disabled person’s parking permit, possession of altered/counterfeit decal and criminal use of a person’s ID, in addition to other charges.

Ryan Callihan: 941-745-7095, @RCCallihan

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