Speeding ticket contained personal info from another driver

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 26 2013 5:20 p.m. MST

Mark Allen was pulled over Saturday night for speeding in Heber City. When he took a close look at the ticket, he noticed the personal information wasn't his.The only information that was correct was the make, model and year of his vehicle. He was concerned police gave him enough information to steal someone's identity.

James Young, Deseret News

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HEBER CITY — When Mark Allen got a speeding ticket, he was more concerned about what was listed on the citation than how he was going to pay for it.

When he was pulled over Saturday night in Heber City, Allen said he gave the police officer his license and registration information. But when he later took a close look at the citation, he noticed it had a woman's personal information on it — enough information to steal her identity.

"When I got home, I looked at it and it wasn't my name," Allen said. At first he thought the officer had given him the wrong ticket. "And then I started looking at it and it had the make, the model and the year of my car, but divulged a girl that lives in Midway."

Not only was another person's name on his speeding ticket, but so was her Social Security number, birth date, address and even eye color.

Heber City Police Lt. Jason Bradley explained how an electronic citation system operates. He said the officer runs the driver's license, and then the information comes up on the screen. The name is selected and their information is populated onto the citation.

In Allen's situation, the officer selected the name from a previous stop, Bradley said.

Chelsea Snyder's information was on the ticket that was given to Allen.

"Oh I was freaked out," Snyder said. "My stomach dropped."

"I had everything I needed to steal her identity," Allen said, adding that he’s also concerned that someone else may have his personal information.

Bradley said he'd heard about wrong details being released before, but hadn't seen it in his department until this incident. Heber City police have apologized, and Snyder has asked for the agency to document the mistake.

"This has brought that to the forefront where we're now going to say, 'Hey, you've got to double check that,'" Bradley said.

Heber City police have talked with the officer who issued the citation, but whether any other action will be taken is unknown. The department doesn't believe any other tickets with the wrong information have been issued.

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