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Charges dropped for man jailed driving friend's rental

DA drops charges against Puerto Rican man jailed for driving friend's rental car

Charges dropped for man jailed driving friend's rental

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Prosecutors have dropped most charges against a Puerto Rico native jailed in Pittsburgh for five days for driving a friend's rented SUV without the rental agency's permission.

The Allegheny County District Attorney's office withdrew Jose Rodriguez-Perez's misdemeanor and two summary charges Monday because Enterprise Rent-A-Car didn't want to pursue the case.

The 33-year-old Rodriguez-Perez is still charged with a summary offense for failing to obey a traffic device after police say he drove on a bus-only ramp on Sept. 4.

Police say they couldn't verify Rodriguez-Perez's Puerto Rico driver's license. They questioned his lack of travel documentation, even though he says he's a U.S. citizen from a U.S. territory.

Rodriguez-Perez works as a welder in Brownsville, about 30 miles south of Pittsburgh. Police say people facing misdemeanors can be jailed if they're not Pennsylvania residents.

Updated : 2021-09-28 16:10 GMT+08:00