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BELLEVILLE, Ill. (CN) - A St. Clair County Sheriff's Department records clerk mistakenly faxed a request to have a deputy's son's speeding ticket fixed to a local newspaper.

Joann Reed told the Bellville News-Democrat that she accidentally sent the fax from the Sheriff's Department to the newspaper with a signed, handwritten message saying, "Dismiss this case."

The fax was meant to go to the village attorney in Centreville, where police had ticketed the deputy's 18-year-old son for speeding on Aug. 18.

Centreville village attorney Carmen Durso told The Associated Press that he couldn't do anything about the ticket anyway, because he can't dismiss violations of the law. The St. Clair County sheriff is investigating.

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