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Resident accuses Miss. representative of illegally parking in handicap accessible space

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Mississippi Representative Clara Burnett represents Tunica County, Coahoma County, Tate County, Quitman County, and Panola County. Mississippi Representative Clara Burnett represents Tunica County, Coahoma County, Tate County, Quitman County, and Panola County.
Stephanie Lockett, of Hernando, took a photo of Rep. Burnett's car parked in a handicap accessible parking space. Stephanie Lockett, of Hernando, took a photo of Rep. Burnett's car parked in a handicap accessible parking space.
HERNANDO, MS -

(WMC) - It is a pretty big fine to illegally use a handicap accessible parking space. That is what a Hernando woman is accusing a Mississippi state representative of doing.

Mississippi Representative Clara Burnett represents Tunica County, Coahoma County, Tate County, Quitman County, and Panola County.

Stephanie Lockett, of Hernando, took a photo of Rep. Burnett's car parked in a handicap accessible parking space. She thinks the representative was parked there illegally.

In the photo Lockett took, there is no symbol on Burnett's license plate to indicate she should be in an accessible parking space. It appears that there is also no placard visible on her dashboard mirror either.

"There was someone in the vehicle, but again, there was no placard, no license plate, no sticker, nothing to validate a reason for her to be parked in that space," said Lockett.

Burnett refused to do a recorded interview with WMC Action News 5's Michael Clark. She did say while she is not disabled, her passenger that day is and has a placard.

Mississippi law states the car must have either a placard displayed with the expiration date visible or have the proper license plate or tag. Any violation is a misdemeanor.

If there is proof that the driver or passenger possessed the placard, charges can be dropped.

Burnett was not in the car when the picture was taken, but says her passenger was in the car.

A 2003 attorney general opinion states a person can be charged if the handicapped designated vehicle is not being utilized for the benefit of a disabled person.

Burnett said that if Lockett feels she broke the law, she should report it. The Hernando prosecutor says Lockett can sign an affidavit, and it will be handled like any other investigation.

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