"It has to be very, very extenuating -- [such as] someone has to go out of the country," Bond said.
What irks us about this story are all the missing facts. What may have actually happened? The affidavit Tunney signed was more than likely an I-Bond-no cash needed bond. Bond saying its "extenuating circumstances" where citizens -- average citizens -- were allowed to pay a ticket and get their license back at police stations, is simply not factual. Bond needs to seriously brush up on her Bonds. You can't pay for a ticket at the station, you are allowed to post one of two types of bonds though.
Average citizens which now includes the Alderman Tunney story, have three choices on a traffic stop. Surrender your license and receive a ticket in exchange, present a Bond card and keep your license, or go into the station to post a Bond to get your license back within a limited time frame. The type of Bond I or 10% Cash of the fine, is determined by the Watch Commander, the Desk Sergeant and department directives.
Is it unusual for the Commander to get involved in certain cases, no its not. Its very apparent Commander Yamashiroya provided a courtesy service to the Alderman, which the average citizen may or may not get. After all it depends on the extenuating circumstance. Bond is misleading the media and presenting misinformation, which will only misguide citizens being stopped for traffic violations.
Now Bond, go and review why a highly paid Chicago Alderman could not have posted a 10% cash bond, like the average citizen. We gather it was possibly due to the extenuating circumstance, of Tunney being a Alderman. Or did Alderman Tunney post a cash Bond in his office to be carried back to the District Miss Bond? We doubt it, who would be foolish enough to even conduct such a transaction. We already know why Tunney made the call.
From the Suntimes
Tunney said an officer -- not the one who ticketed him -- brought the license to his ward office, and he had to sign an affidavit with conditions for getting the license back.
Yamashiroya was on vacation and couldn't be reached Monday, department spokeswoman Monique Bond said.
The returning of the license to Tunney's office will be reviewed, Bond said.
But she said there have been "extenuating circumstances" where citizens -- average citizens -- were allowed to pay a ticket and get their license back at police stations.