- Associated Press - Friday, January 13, 2017

BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) - The Massachusetts State Police driver who chauffeured the lieutenant governor to Cape Cod is apologizing for parking in a spot reserved for the disabled.

A reporter for the Cape Cod Times (https://bit.ly/2jLZat9 ) photographed the black Ford Explorer in the space outside an office building in Hyannis on Thursday. There was no disabled parking placard or license plate visible on the vehicle.

Republican Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito was on the Cape to attend several events.

State police spokesman David Procopio tells the newspaper the trooper made an honest mistake and has apologized for unknowingly violating a “cardinal rule.”

Procopio says the trooper was directed into the space, and neither he nor Polito knew it was a restricted spot.

Parking in a disabled spot usually carries a $100 fine in Barnstable.

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This story has been corrected to show the parking offense fine is $100, not $25.

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Information from: Cape Cod (Mass.) Times, https://www.capecodtimes.com

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