Clerical errors delayed York County license suspensions

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 6, 2014 12:05 PM

(York) -- Driver's license suspensions in hundreds of criminal cases in York County since 2008 are being carried out only now as a result of what county officials say was an oversight.

Defendants in at least 2,000 cases who were convicted or pleaded guilty to certain drug offenses never received the automatic six-month suspension the law requires.

County Clerk of Courts Don O'Shell says that's because some former clerks in his office did not notify PennDOT about the drug cases, although he says all drunk-driving cases were properly reported.

O'Shell says he investigated after reading about similar problems in Philadelphia. He says the 2,000 cases in question were among 12,000 drug-offense notifications and that cases dating back to 2004 have yet to be reviewed.

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