A city official is in hot water after her own city police pull her over and cite her for driving on a suspended license.
Shelley Taylor-Morrison has been the Human Resources Director for Spring Hill since January of 2012. Her bosses said she is doing a good job in her one-woman department.
She told Nashville's News 2 that she thought her license was valid and was surprised when she was pulled over since she said she hadn't broken any traffic laws.
On Tuesday, the very officers she works with pulled her over while she was driving her private vehicle.
The officer issued the 35-year-old department head a citation for driving on a suspended license.
Taylor-Morrison told Nashville's News 2 that she had a ticket, but thought the matter had been taken care of.
"I was driving my personal vehicle. I was stopped. I was told that I was issued a citation for driving on a suspended license. In the past I had an unpaid ticket. I was made aware of it and I paid the ticket. And then I realized I needed to pay a reinstatement fee and I took care of those requirements," she explained.
"Yesterday, I thought my license was ok. When I found out otherwise, I stopped driving and had someone pick me up. My endeavor is to obey the law and not drive on a revoked or suspended license," she continued.
Taylor-Morrison also said she has paperwork that proves the reinstated fees and she is corresponding with the state's Department of Safety to rectify the problem.
"I have the paperwork to cure or correct the problem, so I did get a ticket and I did not pay it on time and I take responsibility for that. I take responsibility for that, and my endeavor was to make sure it was corrected and I have done and will continue to do so," she explained.
A spokeswoman for the Dept of Safety wrote, "Ms. Morrison's driver license is suspended and has been since September 2012. She was initially suspended (9/2012) for conviction of failure to show proof of liability insurance, and suspended again for failure to satisfy a citation in February 2013."
Nashville's News 2 Investigates obtained the arrest narrative of the traffic stop. In it, the officer said he saw the HR director driving her own Dodge Durango.
The report reads, "I noticed Shelley Taylor Morrison sitting in the driver's seat. I had prior knowledge that she had a suspended driver license and had been notified of the issue with her driver license. I spoke with the lieutenant about the matter. He advised to verify that she is still suspended and if she is caught driving to arrest her. "
Nashville's News 2 Investigates has also obtained video of the traffic stop.
The video shows the officer talking to Taylor-Morrison
Off camera, the Taylor-Morrison questions why she was pulled over in the first place.
"I was really confused, honestly, about if I am driving, why is someone randomly running my driver's license," she said.
City Administrator Victor Clay said, "It is embarrassing for a department head to be cited by a city officer, but it shows we don't protect anyone. We treat everyone the same"
This is not the first time Taylor-Morrison has had driving issues.
In September 2011, Metro police arrest Taylor-Morrison for driving on a suspended license.
The affidavit indicates she pulled over for a brake light and it was determined that her driver's license was suspended at the time.
Morrison said the 2011 incident and the recent incident are unrelated.
"I had a ticket then, and again in 2013 that I had not paid at the time, and I have to reap the consequences for that. But I would not say this is a habit. I don't get tickets weekly and not pay them. I do, again, accept responsibility," she said.
Taylor-Morrison said that she is big on responsibility, and that if we make poor choices then consequences can follow.
Thursday, August 28 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-28 19:28:07 GMT
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