EAST MOLINE, Ill. - The family of a 72-year-old woman is calling for change after she was arrested and put in jail for a five-year-old unpaid seat belt ticket.
"I never would've imagined in a million years that they would've arrested a 72-year-old woman," said
Carol Fulscher, comfortably sitting on her couch Tuesday, was sitting in a jail cell Saturday night.
"I was frightened to think that she was in a jail cell, with who knows who," said her daughter, Jeanette Byrd.
Booked in to the Rock Island County Jail at 10:39 p.m. The charge? Contempt of court. The reason? An unpaid seat belt ticket from 2008.
Carol's family called East Moline police because they just wanted them to check on her. When police got there, they ran her ID, and saw the warrant for the ticket. When carol said she couldn't pay the bond, they brought her in.
Byrd was angry that her 72-year-old mom diagnosed with numerous conditions, including dementia, was brought to jail.
Why bring in a 72-year-old at 10:30 p.m. for a ticket that was five-years-old?
"What happens when someone's issued a ticket, and what happened in this case, either she did not appear for the ticket in court, or she did not pay the fine that goes along with it. So when that happens, an arrest issue warrant is made by the court, signed by the judge, and that arrest warrant is an order by the judge," said the police chief.
Standard procedure say police, but time for change say the two ladies on the couch.
Fulscher was in jail for about an hour and a half before her grandson paid her $242 bond.