SWFL man arrested over traffic ticket he already paid

Posted at 7:57 AM, Aug 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-19 10:30:58-04

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. -- Four in Your Corner is getting answers for a man who was arrested over a traffic ticket that he already paid off.

"I'm basically funding Collier County every month with a monthly fee."  Nick Liang has the papers to prove he's tried to clear his name with Collier County.  "It's an endless cycle that's just not going to end apparently."

It all started when Nick got pulled over by a Collier County deputy in February.  He didn't have his valid license on him, so the deputy issued a citation. He was ordered to pay the fee online and then go to the county clerks office in person to show his valid ID.  "I have documentation that I was there," says Liang.

He thought he was in the clear -- until he got pulled over a second time for speeding. this time in Orlando.   A cop told him he was driving with a suspended license.

Liang says he had no idea his license was suspended.  "I was like 'this is so embarrassing.'  I couldn't believe it, I've never been arrested in my life."

He says according to Collier County, he failed to prove he had a valid drivers license.  "I paid the fine, and obviously if I went there I must have showed my license."

Nick just got another letter two days ago saying if he doesn't pay a fee and go to the county to show his ID, his license will be suspended again.

So Four in Your Corner reached out to the county to find out how this could happen.  Is it possible that someone maybe didn't follow protocol in this scenario? "Anything is possible, but not probable," says Dwight Brock of the Clerk of Circuit Court.

He says Nick was notified three times to bring in his drivers license.  Nick says he did, the clerk says he didn't.

"You know, you pay it online, it tells you you've got to provide the drivers license," says Brock.

But Liang lives in Cape Coral, so why would he drive all the way to Collier and not show that license?

"I do not know the answer to that, but why would my clerk receive the license and not reflect that in the records?"

The county told Four in Your Corner they would take care of this issue as long as Nick sent them a picture of his driver's license. Nick has sent a picture and tells us the issue has been resolved.