Woman Allegedly Caught Driving Without Privileges En Route to Court

2012-05-15T01:15:00Z Woman Allegedly Caught Driving Without Privileges En Route to CourtBy Alison Gene Smith - alismith@magicvalley.com Twin Falls Times-News

TWIN FALLS • A Twin Falls woman has been arrested for a charge of driving without privileges after an officer allegedly saw her driving to court to be sentenced for similar charges. Robin Ridinger, 38, was arraigned on the charge Monday in Twin Falls County 5th District Court.

In a police report, Officer Joel Woodward wrote he was on patrol at about 10 a.m. April 10 in the 900 block of Maurice Street when he noticed a blue 1982 Toyota four-door car pulling out of a residence. Woodward said he recognized the vehicle and knew one of the owners was incarcerated for possessing meth, the report states.

Woodward wrote that he decided to follow the vehicle, which eventually traveled to the Twin Falls County Courthouse. The report said Woodward went into the courthouse at about 10:35 a.m., found that misdemeanor sentencing hearings were happening and decided to attend. Woodward wrote in the report that he saw the woman who was driving the car sitting in the back of the courtroom. After he heard her name called to approach the judge, Woodward said he left the courthouse and asked dispatch to check the woman’s license status. It came back as suspended through July 6, the report said.

According to online court records, Ridinger was sentenced that day to spend two days in jail and pay about $500 in fines and fees for driving without privileges and failing to provide proof of insurance in a separate case.

Woodward requested a warrant for Ridinger’s arrest. She was later arrested and held in the Twin Falls County Jail on $1,000 bond on the new charge. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for June 5.

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