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Man issued ticket with incorrect personal information

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SALT LAKE CITY — A driver was shocked after he received a speeding ticket with someone else's information on it.

Mark Allen said he was recently pulled over for speeding in Heber City. he said the gave the police officer his license and registration information, but when he received his citation, it had someone else's information on it.

"When I got home, I looked at it and it wasn't my name," Allen said. "And then I started looking at it and it had the make, the model and the year of my car, but divulged a girl that lives in Midway."

Not only was another person's name on his speeding ticket, but also her social security number, birth date, address and even eye color.

"I had everything I needed to steal her identity," Allen said.

Heber City Police Department Lt. Jason Bradley explained how an electronic citation system operates. He said the officer runs the driver's license, and then the information comes up on the screen. The name is selected, and their information is populated onto the citation.

In Allen's situation, the officer selected the name from a previous stop, Bradley said.

"Shouldn't the officer double check before handing out the citation? Absolutely," Bradley said.

Bradley said he's only heard of the wrong details being released but hasn't seen it in his department. Other law enforcement officials with Unified and Ogden Police said giving the wrong information hasn't been a problem within their agencies.

Chelsea Snyder's information was on the ticket that was given to Allen.

"Oh I was freaked out," Snyder said. "My stomach dropped."

Heber City Police have apologized and Snyder has asked for the agency to document their mistake.

"This has brought that to the forefront where we're now going to say 'Hey, you've got to double check that,' " Bradley said.

Heber City Police said they have talked with the officer who issued the citation, but they haven't decided if further actions will be taken. The Department doesn't believe any other tickets with the wrong information have been issued.

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