Davenport mayor resigns, accepts plea deal for using dead persons' IDs

Davenport's mayor used the names of two dead people to get a handicapped parking placard, officials say.

DAVENPORT, Fla. - Mayor Darlene Bradley has resigned as part of a plea deal for using the identifications of dead people.

Bradley, 60, also received six months probation after pleading no contest to the charges of criminal use of a deceased person’s identification, possession of an altered or counterfeit decal and unlawful use of a handicapped placard, Assistant State Attorney Jacob Orr said.

Polk County deputies found two handicapped placards issued to two different victims, one who died in 2012 and another who died in 2015, while searching Bradley's home.

Bradley's residence was searched after deputies received a tip that Bradley was parking in handicapped spots at Davenport City Hall. Bradley was not known to be handicapped or have a placard issued to her, the sheriff's office said.

Deputies saw Bradley park in a handicapped spot, place the placard on her mirror before exiting her car and remove the placard again once she returned to her car, the department said.

Bradley was arrested Dec. 5 and released from jail after posting a $2,250 bond.

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