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Cops: Driver's license suspended 58 times

After a traffic stop Sept. 20 for speeding

After a traffic stop Sept. 20 for speeding in a school zone, Jason Epps, 30, of Central Islip, faces a felony charge for driving with 58 license suspensions, Suffolk police said. Epps was driving a 2007 Infiniti about 11:33 a.m. when he was pulled over in front of Central Islip High School on Wheeler Road, police said. (Sept. 20, 2011) Photo Credit: SCPD/

A Central Islip man stopped for speeding in a school zone Tuesday faces a felony charge for driving a car despite having his license suspended 58 times, Suffolk County police said.

Jason Epps, 30, is charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in First District Court in Central Islip, police said.

The state Department of Motor Vehicles said its records show Epps never had a driver's license -- only a nondriver photo identification card. That card was suspended in May 1998 because Epps had failed to pay a fine in another traffic case, DMV spokeswoman Jennifer Donovan said.

She said the ID card was "revoked" by DMV in January after another traffic violation, meaning Epps would have go through an administrative proceedings before he could apply for a driver's license.

A spokesman for District Attorney Thomas Spota said Epps would be arraigned on whatever charges he was arrested on, and that the charges could later be amended. Spokesman Robert Clifford said Epps has four pending criminal cases in Suffolk County, including one for driving without a license.

Epps was driving a 2007 Infiniti about 11:33 a.m. when he was pulled over in front of Central Islip High School on Wheeler Road, police said.

Highway Patrol Officer David Woodworth made the traffic stop, then found that Epps' license had been suspended for a variety of infractions, including failure to answer a summons and failure to pay fines, police said.

Police also said Epps had a suspension for failure to pay child support.Records show Epps had several arrests on non-traffic charges, including drug possession, menacing, assault, petty larceny and identity theft. They also indicate that he was sentenced to 180 days in jail in 1998 on a traffic violation, 45 days for assault in 2001, and 2 to 6 years in 2004 on drug charges.

The disposition of several other charges are no-shows on the public records. Since 1998, Epps has used four addresses in Central Islip, and one each in Nesconset, Bay Shore and Setauket.

An attorney listed in court records as representing Epps on a March arrest, Karl Bonheim of Riverhead, did not return a telephone call for comment.

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