Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: For most people, a traffic citation is an unfortunate but minor occurrence. But for Alex Lupa, a small infraction led to big problems, including a night spent in jail at the very moment his right to legally stay in this country was hanging in the balance.
Lupa isn’t an American citizen. Rather, he’s a permanent resident who was going through the naturalization process last month when he ran the stop sign. Afterward, he was arrested and placed in a county detention center until the wee hours of the next morning on an improperly filed warrant from nine years earlier. To add insult to injury, he says, an officer on the scene wanted to impound the borrowed vehicle he’d been driving even though the owner was there at the time. Westword has the story.