Time's running out to clear those warrants in Phoenix

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- The last day to clear up misdemeanor warrants in Phoenix is Friday.

Theresa Chadwick cleared up her warrants Thursday and let go of all her fear.

“I’ve been like a hermit, not being able to get things done, not being able to drive without a license,” Chadwick said.

Life is now about to change for Chadwick.

“I got them in 2006 for driving on a suspended license and domestic violence,” Chadwick said.

Since Monday hundreds of people have been clearing up their misdemeanor warrants. 

It’s the first time in 28 years on the job Sgt. Tommy Thompson has seen so many people ready for court.

“One man probably gave the best answer and said, 'I came in so now I’m not afraid to call the police if I have an emergency at my house,'” Thompson said.

For Chadwick the thought of a facing a judge kept her from handling business.

“I was scared I was going to go to jail and I have kids that's why I didn't clear them up,” she said.

Since Chadwick can't afford the fees now, the court set up a payment plan for her.

“I feel like I want to go have a drink and party and I don't even drink,” Chadwick said.

The warrant clear-up program is not an amnesty program and ends Friday.

Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson said approximately 1,500 people cleared up about 1,500 warrants. He said police will have final numbers on Monday.

To clear warrants, visit City of Phoenix Municipal Court at 300 W. Washington St. through this Friday. The times are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.