OKLAHOMA CITY - All Charles Lee wants is an Oklahoma driver's license.
The state won't give him one, because of something Ronald Curt, a convicted felon, did more than two decades ago.
He stole Charles' identity and then racked up a string of felony convictions in Texas.
One of those crimes was a DUI.
“I owned a Chevy truck,” Charles said. “I've never owned a Chevy truck in my life.”
The DUI conviction is only part of the hold up in Oklahoma.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol spokesperson, Betsy Randolph, explains.
“The situation is this,” Randolph said. “He is suspended in the state of Illinois.”
Once upon a time Charles lived in Illinois and carried a driver's license from that state.
The same driver's license Ronald Curt stole back in the late 80's, then passed off as his own following his arrests in Texas.
When Illinois found out about the DUI, it suspended Charles' license even though Charles says he didn't commit the crime.
“I've never had a DUI in my life. I've never had a DWI,” Charles said. “I've never been in prison for anything.”
Unfortunately Charles' word will only get him so far.
State trooper Randolph says if he wants his new license he must first convince Illinois to reinstate his old one.
“If he gets to a place where they can't come to an understanding, he wants to bring in his stuff and see what we can do for him, that's great,” Randolph said. “But it would be a lot easier on all of us if he could get that stuff cleared up with Illinois prior to coming in.”
Charles, who's lived the majority of his adult life on the streets, doesn't wish to look in the rear view mirror any longer.
He said, “This is my home. This is where I'm from and now they're telling me I can't get an Oklahoma license because of all this.
Right now we continue to help Charles try to prove his innocence, working closely with authorities in Texas, Oklahoma and Illinois.
We plan to follow this thing through. Just as soon as we get things squared away, we'll let you know.
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