Suspended License Photo

Matt Gregory, at his residence, speaks with Inlander Staff Writer Mitch Ryals, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015, in Spokane, Wash. Gregory is currently categorized as a driver with a 3rd degree suspended license, after a correction by the Washington state Department of Licensing (DOL) in October 2015. DOL incorrectly categorized Gregory as a driver with a 1st degree suspended license in 2010. A 1st degree suspended license results in jail time while 3rd degree suspended license results in a ticket. Gregory has spent 3 non-consecutive years in jail after being stopped by law enforcement twelve different times. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)

Matt Gregory, at his residence, speaks with Inlander Staff Writer Mitch Ryals, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015, in Spokane, Wash. Gregory is currently categorized as a driver with a 3rd degree suspended license, after a correction by the Washington state Department of Licensing (DOL) in October 2015. DOL incorrectly categorized Gregory as a driver with a 1st degree suspended license in 2010. A 1st degree suspended license results in jail time while 3rd degree suspended license results in a ticket. Gregory has spent 3 non-consecutive years in jail after being stopped by law enforcement twelve different times. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)

I photographed a story about a man, a suspended license and the WA state Department of Licensing. Here’s an extra pic. To read more, go to http://www.inlander.com/spokane/jailed-by-a-computer-glitch/Content?oid=2597632

A correction in the story from the Inlander.

CORRECTION: In May of 2009, the Washington State Department of Licensing updated the records of 8,000 people in an attempt to fix a computer glitch. The update corrected a previous error, but also misclassified some records, subsequently resulting in some drivers facing stiffer fines and penalties than the law warranted. The Department of Licensing caught the error in July 2015. This week, in an attempt to put a face on the issue, the Inlander profiled Matt Gregory, who, through his public defender, was identified as one of the people negatively impacted by the glitch. State officials now say Gregory’s record was not misclassified, as we reported. Our error was due in part to interpretation of an incorrect driving record sent to Gregory’s Spokane County public defender, confusing the status of his license.

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