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SF Sheriff’s license suspended after traffic accident

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POSTED August 11, 2015 6:52 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco sheriff had his driver’s license suspended in February after failing to properly report a minor car accident to the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Sheriff’s Department said.

Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi and his personal insurance provider were not notified by the DMV about the suspension and he is trying to resolve the matter, Kenya Briggs, a spokeswoman for the department, said in a statement Monday.

The license suspension allows the sheriff to drive for work purposes, the DMV said.

Mirkarimi was involved in the non-injury accident on Oct. 2. There was no damage to his city-owned car. The other vehicle was damaged.

A statement from Mirkarimi’s office says there was no city insurance information in the car and he exchanged personal insurance information with the other driver.

The DMV said it notified Mirkarimi in January that he was required to file a damage report. His license will remain suspended until the report is filed and he pays a $55 fee to reinstate it, the agency said.

Mirkarimi said he reported the accident to his personal insurance company and thought the issue had been resolved.

It was the latest in a series of issues that have dogged the sheriff’s first term in office. He faces reelection in November.

In 2012, Mirkarimi pleaded guilty to misdemeanor false imprisonment after being charged with domestic violence for bruising his wife’s arm during an argument.

Last month, he was drawn into the immigration debate after the San Francisco jail released a Mexican national who was in the country illegally despite a request from federal immigration authorities to hold him for deportation.

The man is now accused of killing a woman as she walked with her father along the city’s waterfront.

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