Michelle Delgadillo, wife of the city attorney, has an outstanding warrant for her arrest for failing to appear in court nearly nine years ago on charges of driving without insurance, with a suspended license and in an unregistered car, the Times' Matt Lait reports today. The Delgadillos also have been late paying at least five parking tickets recently, says Lait. Rocky's office puts it on her:
One violation for parking in a red zone in December 2006 was not paid until The Times inquired about the tickets last month. By then, the $70 infraction had become a $174 fine with penalties.
A spokesman for Delgadillo said Michelle Delgadillo was responsible for all the parking tickets and the delinquent payments.
Michelle Delgadillo's scofflaw status was yet another embarrassing development for the city's top prosecutor, who Monday disclosed that he had periodically let his wife drive his city-owned vehicle on a suspended license for personal errands.
In a statement released by Delgadillo's office Tuesday, Michelle Delgadillo, 36, who once was an aide to former City Councilman Joel Wachs, said she was "very embarrassed to find myself in this situation today."
She said she was working to resolve the warrant issue "as quickly as possible."
"I will do whatever the court instructs me to do. I apologize for any embarrassment this has caused my husband and family," she said. "It is completely my mistake."
Michelle Delgadillo's given name was Michelle Namen. The Times says she got her original 1998 ticket for driving with a suspended license, in an unregistered vehicle with Montana plates, without proof of insurance. When she didn't show in court, a warrant was issued. At least in theory, she is still subject to arrest Paris Hilton-style.
Also: Steve Lopez offers to serve as her driver.