Updated at 11:26 a.m. 11-6-2019: A notice to withdraw suspension was filed on Wednesday, November 6, in the Buena Vista County case.
Charges of driving under suspension filed against Beth Ann Vogt, a 2nd Ward candidate in the November 5 municipal election, were dismissed today by Judge William W. Ranniger, according to postings to Iowa Courts Online.
Vogt had been arrested in Denison on October 29 for driving while under suspension.
At the time of the arrest, notices of suspension had been filed in Pottawattamie County on September 3, in Buena Vista County on October 27 and in Crawford County on October 29.
Notices to withdraw suspension of driving privileges were filed today in Pottawattamie County and the $148.50 in fines, costs and surcharges on file in Buena Vista County were listed as paid today.
Vogt appeared at 9 a.m. today at the Crawford County Courthouse. Earlier today she said in a text statement to the Denison Bulletin and Review that her case would be dismissed contingent upon showing a valid license by December 6.
A filing in the Crawford County case today notes the proof of a valid license.
For Pottawattamie County, a posting on Iowa Courts Online shows that $120 was paid on Monday, November 4, toward a fine, costs and surcharges totaling $566.25 on a citation for failure to provide proof of financial liability issued on May 1. The details say the collection by the county attorney met the threshold.
The other citation in Pottawattamie County, issued on May 1 by the City of Council Bluffs, was for speeding 1-5 miles over the posted limit.
In her statement, Vogt continued, “I am waiting on the usual red tape at Pottawattomie (sic) County so my finalization of this insanity will be moved forward. I am being told that will be done by Friday per the Pottawattomie County Attorney’s Office.”
She added that what transpired was “nothing more than a debacle full of political games, red tape, & miscommunication between myself & the County Attorney’s office in Pottawattomie County.”
Pottawattamie County Attorney Matt Wilber said in a phone interview with the Denison Bulletin and Review that he was not aware of any miscommunications or anything of that nature.
“I know people get frustrated how long the process takes. As you can imagine we get a lot of people that show up and want their driver’s license. They fill out the paperwork and we’ll get to you in order,” he said.
He explained that the $120 paid toward the fine in Pottawattamie County would be an initial payment that an individual would have to enter before the payment plan goes into effect.
Wilber explained the court process on citations. If a person cited does not pay the fine and does not show up in court by the specified date, he or she is found guilty. He said that is not unusual. If the fine is not paid within 60 days, the clerk automatically sends out a notice to the Department of Transportation to suspend the driving privileges.
He added that his office or the city attorney for Council Bluffs wouldn’t be involved in that process.