Exclusive: L.I. Woman Has License Suspended For DWI, Despite Never Being Arrested

A Mistake Is One Thing, But What This Mom Dealt With Was Something Else

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — CBS 2 News has gotten action for a woman who lost her license for drunk driving even though she never had a drink.

It’s a bureaucratic nightmare on Long Island, but political reporter Marcia Kramer cut to the chase at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Mother of two Michelle Nunez-Alman got the shock of her life when she went to her mailbox several weeks ago and found a letter from the DMV.

“It’s a letter stating that my driver’s license is suspended and that I have been convicted of alcohol or drug-related offense,” Nunez-Alman told Kramer exclusively. “I’ve never been arrested. I don’t ever want to be arrested. I’ve never been convicted of anything in my life.”

Despite repeated visits to the DMV, the agency was monumentally uninterested in Michelle’s case, even after she did research and showed them the charges were really brought against a driver named Michael Nunez.

“He’s not even the same sex as me,” Nunez-Alman said.

Michelle even went to Queens Criminal Court, where Michael Nunez was convicted and got a letter telling the DMV it had suspended the wrong license, but still the agency did nothing.

Look what happened when Michelle took that letter to the DMV:

“I waited in line for 55 minutes to get the ticket to see the woman from the law enforcement department and I get up there and it’s a joke. ‘Oh this is some mess you have on your hands.’ It’s a joke,” Nunez-Alman said.

She had several more encounters with the DMV. She was even hung up on by the Albany office after it failed to correct the situation and since she desperately needed the car to pick up her kids from school and she was tired of being the DMV’s bureaucratic ping pong ball, she called a lawyer.

“The state is entitled to make a mistake, but it’s absolutely unconscionable that they take it so lightly and they take a woman who has a requirement that she must drive, she must be out, she has family obligations and they just forget about it. It’s your fault. You have to wait. They can’t do that,” attorney Kenneth Mollins said.

But even though she knew she was not at fault she was terrified to use her car until the matter was cleared up. She said she knew if she drove and got pulled over for whatever reason, “I’m getting arrested.”

The story does have a happy ending. Kramer called Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Office and he made the DMV fix the problem. As of Tuesday afternoon, Michelle’s license was restored and she is getting a letter in the mail stating that it was suspended in error.

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One Comment

  1. Unbelievable says:

    All those lazy workers who refused to do anything for the woman should get punished. Our Government should start firing all those lazy workers. There are a lot of good people out there looking for a job.

  2. Surfin Bird says:


  3. Somebodys Got to Pay says:

    Please somebody post the names of all the fn idiots at the DMV who refused to help this innocent victim so that they can be disciplined for being the complete boobs that they are and for their utter stupidness to take any action to correct this matter.

    Like most New Yorkers, I really hope that somebody is held accountable for this situation and that they find themselves standing on an unemployment line like we stand in line at the DMV. Where are the DMV Supervisors?

  4. rdelo says:

    America’s bureaucracy stupidity at its maximum…….

  5. george Scott says:

    Is there anyone at DMV that is held accountable for the mishap??
    Is anyone reassigned and/or retrained for their obvious lack of concern ?
    Are they union people who cannot be cited for being stupid ???

  6. its good to know says:

    i had a similar problem with a city agency and 311 really helped me and made absolute sure that it was cleared up. thanks Mayor Bloomberg.

  7. DMV where stupid is allowed says:

    OK we are talking about the DMV that is lowest job on totem pole.They are too stupid to know the trutheven when the lady presents it to them.Hopefully whoever helped her will be fired and sent back to school to learn how to read.

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