Driver charged after illegally parking in handicap zone

A Beech Island man was arrested Tuesday after a Richmond County sheriff’s deputy caught him using his mother’s handicap permit to park illegally.

Deputy Jack Rackliff saw a Buick Century parked in the handicapped spot outside the Family Y on Broad Street about 9:40 a.m., according to a sheriff’s report. The deputy said the vehicle’s permit card was in an envelope on the dash, displayed so that the expiration date wasn’t visible.

Rackliff recalled it was the same car he had seen a week before parked in another handicapped spot with the permit partially concealed. He was writing a parking ticket when Weldon Gilbert Brandon, 60, appeared.

The report said Brandon refused to let the deputy see the handicap permit card and went back inside the Family Y. Rackliff returned to his vehicle to get another ticket book, and when he returned to the Buick, Brandon was getting into it to leave.

Rackliff said Brandon ignored his request to stop and drove away. He caught up with the Buick on Jones Street and arrested Brandon, who was charged with obstructing a police officer and given a ticket for parking in a handicap spot. Brandon admitted that the handicap permit wasn’t his and that the car belonged to his mother, the report said. He was released from the Richmond County jail about 10 p.m. on bonds totaling $1,720.

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