New York Met centerfielder Angel Pagan was recently arrested and it wasn’t for “stealing” a base or “robbing” an opposing player of an extra base hit.
Pagan was arrested in Florida on May 7th after being stopped for speeding on I-95. While checking Pagan’s license the officer learned that he was driving with a suspended license and also had several warrants.
Although Pagan had a valid Arizona driver license, his Florida driver license was suspended back in 2005 for failure to pay a traffic fine.
I am not arguing that his transgression will somehow affect the Mets season. Pagan is a minor role player and, even if he was a star, the Mets consistently lead the league in finding new and interesting ways to blow it. Pagan wouldn’t make a difference one way or another.
The point is that outstanding traffic tickets, license suspensions and traffic related warrants should not to be taken lightly. Pagan was driving with a valid driver license—it was outstanding issues in another state that came back to hurt him. These matters must be handled properly the first time around or they will snowball into bigger and more serious issues.
In NY, for example, a simple no point cell phone violation, if not responded to properly, can easily turn into a misdemeanor on the next car stop.
Don’t think a traffic ticket will just go away. You will have to answer it one way or another at some point in time. We have seen client after client come to us with issues that were totally avoidable if only a more minor issue been taken care of in the first place.
Pagan is lucky to have the resources and type of employment that make his arrest easier to deal with. Unfortunately, that’s not true for all of us.