Investigator Exclusive: Cavs star gets wrist slap for 3 speeding tickets

7:38 PM, Mar 17, 2010   |    comments
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Last May, Rocky River police caught Hickson driving 75 mph on Interstate 90, which has a posted limit of 60 mph.

The next month, he was stopped after pushing 79 mph on Interstate 480 in Fairview Park, also a 60 mph zone.

The final ticket came on Oct. 25, when Hickson dropped the hammer and Rocky River police clocked him at 95 mph on I-90.

That's what the Ohio State Highway Patrol calls an aggressive driver -- a term used for anyone exceeding the speed limit by 20 mph.

"We're very strict with enforcement of that," said OSP Lt. Josh Swindell. "We focus on those people because one of our major causes of crashes is speed."

Hickson could have been fined at least $150 for the tickets and assessed eight points on his driver's license, according to court personnel.

Instead, Rocky River Prosecutor Michael O'Shea downgraded Hickson's tickets to driving no more than 64 mph in a 60 mph zone.

Hickson pleaded no contest and was fined $50 each time and assessed no points. Hickson said he's learned a lesson from the tickets.

"Not to speed," Hickson said, after practice at the Cavaliers facility in Independence. "I'm sorry for what I did and my attorney, he's taking care of it. I learned my lesson from it. It's something that won't happen again and it's been taken care of."

Judge Donna Fitzsimmons, who okayed the penalty on the third ticket, didn't recall the specifics of Hickson's case.

But the judge said she's been known to be tough on repeat offenders.

"I've put people in jail for that, let me state to you, and imposed maximum fines," Fitzsimmons said.

The judge said she relies on the prosecutor's recommendation.

O'Shea said Hickson was not given special treatment in any of the three cases.

"If you come into court and accept what you've done, we're always willing to modify your moving violation," O'Shea said.

"If the officer approves, the city approves, it's standard operating procedure."

O'Shea added that it would cost up to five times the maximum fine to go to trial just to collect that fine.

Hickson eventually paid more than $2,300 to settle the three tickets, which included court costs, late fees and forfeiture of his bond, records show.

The amount also included a charge by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles to reinstate his license.      


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