DUI from 40 years ago prevents KCK man from renewing his license

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Nearly 40 years ago, Dennis Manchion says he was charged with driving under the influence in Platte County, Missouri, which put him on probation for several months when he was young.

Since being released from probation, Manchion, now 71, has never had a problem renewing his license – until now.

Last month, Manchion, a resident of Kansas City, Kansas, said he went to an office at the Kansas Driver’s License Bureau to renew his nearly expired license. He was told he was not qualified for his license renewal because the State of Missouri had suspended his license.

The Missouri Department of Revenue told Manchion there was a suspension of his license because there was no record that he had completed a drug addiction class required as a result of the impaired driving charge. .

But Manchion said he took the course and never had a problem getting his license renewed until now.

“I’ve been going to class and having my license renewed for 40 years,” he said. “Now they say they want to know if I have proof that I went to class.”

Missouri and Kansas court records show Manchion has a clean record, with even the DUI from 40 years ago not showing up in a records search.

Officer Sara Geelan, unit supervisor at Missouri Probation and Parole, said there was no way Manchion could have gotten off probation if he hadn’t taken a course in substance abuse.

“He obviously provided this to them before because he got licensed (after probation), so the DMV should have something that shows,” she said. “They should be able to watch to see, ‘We renewed it for him before, so why can’t we now?'”

The Kansas Department of Revenue says they suspended Manchion’s license because the Missouri Department of Revenue suspended his license — they’re just following orders. The Missouri Department of Revenue says Manchion is not listed with the state.

Machion says he’s stalled.

FOX4 Problem Solvers wanted to help Manchion find his probation records from 40 years ago, which a Platte County Circuit Court Criminal Records Division employee said has become a daunting task for several residents of the Missouri and Kansas.

“I’ve had three or four people over the past year say it’s happened to them too,” she said.

FOX4 called the Platte Country Circuit Court three times to discuss the possibility of an interview on this topic, but were told it was not something they could comment on.

But Platte County District Attorney Eric Zahnd searched Manchion’s criminal history and driving records. He tells us that they found nothing to indicate a suspension of Manchion’s license.

“I called the probation office and I called the highway patrol and they both told me I couldn’t have gotten out of probation unless I took the course,” he said. -he declares. “I said that to the DMV and they said, ‘Well, we’re not the probation office.’

After numerous phone calls to Platte County, Platte County Circuit Court, Missouri Probation and Parole, the Missouri Department of Revenue, and the Kansas Department of Revenue, FOX4 Problem Solvers finally got the call Manchion had been waiting for.

It turns out that the Missouri Department of Revenue misspelled Manchion’s name in their system.

Problem Solvers is told that its name is withheld in the state of Missouri, but we could not confirm why. We spoke with the Kansas Department of Revenue, who announced that they would now issue Manchion a driver’s license.

Milton S. Rodgers