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State representative finds himself in trouble with law following checkpoint

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - State Rep. G.A. Hardaway of Memphis faces charges of driving on a suspended license and driving without proof of insurance in Olive Branch, Miss.

Hardaway, 54, was arrested Sunday. He was released on $1,000 bond with a court hearing set for September 23.

Wednesday, Hardaway said an old ticket for driving alone in a HOV lane led to trouble when he learned while pulled over at a checkpoint Sunday that his license had been suspended for it.   Officers then cited him for driving without proof of insurance.

"My Tennessee license was reinstated upon payment of the outstanding ticket," Hardaway said Wednesday. "I thought I had taken care of it."

But after that arrest, another case surfaced in the system with his name on it.  The other case, which led to a criminal summons, began in 2006.

"There was going to be a court hearing about him coming onto someone's property in Haywood County," Shelby County Sheriff's Department spokesperson Steve Shular said.

That person was Hardaway's ex-wife, but because the name, address, and birthday were incorrect on the form she filled out, officers did not realize the person with whom they should issue the summon to was in plain view.

"We had a Geoffrey Hardaway," Shular said. "No one knew who Geoffrey Hardaway was, frankly."

They couldn't find a Geoffrey anywhere in the system, so the summons sat in a file since 2006 - until the Olive Branch checkpoint.

"The summons is baseless, and I expect it to be resolved within the next few days," Hardaway said.

Hardaway said as soon as he learned of the summons, he went to face it.  He said his ex-wife even attended his swearing in ceremony and stresses a summons is not an arrest warrant. It is a summons to attend a court hearing.

Hardaway won re-election in the August 7 Democratic primary by defeating Eddie Neal. He has no opponent in the November general election.

Hardaway was first elected in a March 2007 special election.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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