Marion B. Williams' driving privilege in South Carolina has been suspended since 1989 because of a traffic ticket, said Beth Parks, a spokeswoman for the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles.
The suspension, however, has not stopped Williams, 59, from driving.
In all, there are seven outstanding suspensions against Williams' license in South Carolina: two for driving with a suspended license, four for failing to pay a traffic ticket and one for driving a vehicle that did not have insurance coverage, Parks said.
A day after Williams' arrest on Monday, Suffolk police stopped Louis Newman, 52, of Bay Shore, and discovered he has 50 suspensions on his New York State license. Newman was arrested and charged with first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.
Williams does not have a driver's license in New York and his privilege to drive a vehicle in the state with an out-of-state license has also been suspended, officials said. To date, he has not been involved in a vehicular accident in South Carolina or New York, officials said.
Between 1999 and 2009, Williams was stopped four times by South Carolina law enforcement officials. He was issued three tickets for moving violations in 1999 and 2006, according to South Carolina DMV records. Williams received a summons in July 2009 for failing to give a proper signal. In September 2009, he got a summons for operating a vehicle that wasn't insured, which triggered an automatic license suspension, Parks said.
Williams owes the DMV $700 in fees if he wants his license reinstated, Park said. The amount does not include court fines and other associated fees.
It's not known why Williams, who served two stints in upstate prisons after he was convicted in Nassau County for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, continued to drive without a valid license despite the risk of being thrown back in prison. He served nearly three years total behind bars in 2000 and 2003.
Williams, who is held in Nassau County jail on $10,000 bond or $5,000 cash bail, did not speak Tuesday during his arraignment on a charge of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, in First District Court in Hempstead. His family could not be reached for comment. If convicted, Williams faces 11/3 to 4 years in prison.