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DMV dismisses all of DC Councilmember Yvette Alexander's unpaid parking tickets

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On Wednesday, we told you about Marion Barry's unpaid parking tickets. FOX 5 Chief Investigative Reporter Emily Miller has been looking into all of the city council members unpaid tickets as well.

City Council members are given special license plates that let them park illegally -- but only when they are on official business. If they get parking tickets, they can ask the DMV to overturn them -- for a valid reason.

We asked Councilmember Yvette Alexander about her four outstanding parking tickets.

“All of those tickets that I have received, I was actually on official business during that time,” she said.

FOX 5 has uncovered that Alexander is playing loose with her parking privileges.

On June 14, she left her car in a no parking zone at 9 p.m. outside a Chipotle restaurant at the Verizon Center -- nowhere near her Ward 7 constituents or city hall.

According to two sources, when Alexander came out and saw the parking ticket, she went over to nearby police officers and asked if they gave her the ticket. One officer said he had.

She reportedly said, "You're both idiots. And I don't have to pay this."

When I asked her about her tickets, she blamed the police.

“A lot of the officers don't understand, who give us those citations -- when you're on official business, we can park beyond the no parking signs, as long as we're not blocking an intersection, handicap and a Metro bus zone,” said Alexander.

Actually that's not the law at all. The politicians can't park in a loading zone, rush hour no parking lane or block a firehouse or fire plug. They also have special parking on Pennsylvania Avenue for when they are at work.

Alexander is allowed to park right here in front of city hall. But not all over the city and definitely not at Chipotle.

Late Thursday, the DMV emailed that it dismissed Alexander's Chipotle ticket because she was “conducting official business.” And neither the DMV nor Alexander's staff would tell me what the official business was at 9 p.m. at Chipotle.

Meanwhile, as you can see from the DMV website, one of Alexander's ticket mysteriously disappeared from her record in the last couple weeks. It was a $45 ticket for a no parking zone on June 18.

When that ticket was still one of the four unpaid, I asked her to prove why these were invalid.

Alexander: “I can't recall at that time.”

Miller: “I can give you the actual address and dates.”

Alexander: “I can't recall them at this time.”

Miller: “Your office should have a public schedule.”

Alexander: “Yeah, but I can't recall them at this time.”

Miller has been asking both Alexander's staff and the DMV for six weeks about these parking tickets. Suddenly 45 minutes before we aired our story, we got an email from the DMV saying Alexander has no tickets anymore.

So how were city council members Yvette Alexander and Marion Barry were able to renew their license plates without paying their parking tickets? We still don't know. DMV administrator Lucinda Babers refuses to respond to repeated requests for that information.

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