Contact Us

NJ Woman Jailed On Decade-Old NYC Traffic Summons

An Elmwood Park woman says she spent a night in a New York City jail after police discovered she had a decade-old traffic summons.

Krystle Garcia
Krystle Garcia (WNBC TV)

Krystle Garcia tells WNBC TV that she was arrested Thursday at a Manhattan checkpoint.

Garcia was 17 when she received the forgotten summons. It was issued because she did not have an insurance card with her.

Garcia said she received, and paid, other tickets in New York after that. She was able to renew her New Jersey driver’s license and registration without any issues.

Garcia, who has worked in New York City for the past 6 years, agreed to a $155 fine. But she said her 14-hour ordeal in a holding cell was “horrifying.” “I sat in a holding cell for 14 hours with people who had gun charges, who were fighting each other,” said Garcia.

She said she “violated” and shared her story because she doesn’t want it to happen to anyone else.

Garcia plans to file a complaint with the police department, saying she was treated like a criminal for the simple traffic summons.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Best of The Point

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Point Clique quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive Point Clique contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.