Teen asking for $50,000 from Knox Co. after wrongful arrest

Teen asking for $50,000 from Knox Co. after wrongful arrest stemming from court clerk's office error

Joshua Kitts (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Joshua Kitts (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A 19-year-old Knoxville man is asking Knox County for monetary compensation saying he was wrongfully arrested as the result of a paperwork error by the Knox County Criminal Court Clerk's office.

Joshua Kitts is asking for $50,000 damage and has retained attorney Greg Isaacs, who sent a letter to the county outlining the request.

Isaacs' office says Kitts was charged in 2012 for drag racing. A judgement, signed by Knox County General Sessions Court Geoff Emory, indicated the case was to be dismissed if Kitts paid all court costs, completed safe driving school, and did not commit any new traffic violations during a six month period.

Documents show Kitts completed all the requirements and the case was dismissed.

However, the Knox County Criminal Court Clerk's office sent two forms to the Tennessee Department of Transportation erroneously stating that Kitts had been convicted of drag racing on December 11, 2012.

This resulted in Kitts' driving privileges being revoked for "contest racing on public trafficway."

On Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, Kitts was stopped on Chapman Highway for a traffic violation. After checking with the Knox County records department, officers arrested Kitts for driving on a revoked license.

Isaacs says Kitts was taken to the Knox County Detention Center and was held for approximately eight hours until he was able to hire a bondsman. Kitts' vehicle was seized and towed by a wrecker service, which required Kitts to pay the towing bill in order to retrieve his vehicle.

Kitts also missed several days of work due to the incident.

A judgement on the arrest reveals that Kitts "was arrested in error because his license was not revoked" and the clerk had entered the drag racing conviction in error.

The clerk's office then submitted an amended document indicating the case had been dismissed.

Isaacs is demanding $50,000 to compensate for wrongful arrest and violations of his civil rights.

The office of Knox County Criminal Court Clerk Joy McCroskey has come under increasing scrutiny after a number of accusations surfaced of incorrect data being filed, which led to wrongful arrests and other problems.

6 News spoke with McCroskey, who said she couldn't comment because she hadn't seen the letter to the county outlining Kitts' claims.

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