Davenport mayor resigns after being accused of using dead woman's handicapped placard

Teresa Bradley pleads no contest, given 6 months probation

DAVENPORT, Fla. – Davenport Mayor Teresa Bradley, who was accused of using a dead woman's handicapped placard on her vehicle, has resigned.

Bradley was arrested earlier this month on suspicion of using a dead woman's handicapped placard so she could park in handicapped spots at City Hall, according to officials with the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

The State Attorney's Office tells CBS affiliate WTSP that Bradley has pleaded no contest and was given six months probation, adding that the resignation has occurred and was a condition of the plea.

Deputies said they began investigating Bradley, 60, after a tipster told them in November that Bradley was parking in handicapped spaces, even though she didn't have a handicapped placard.

Bradley's attorney said the reason she did this was out of fear of being kidnapped again.

Court documents show that Bradley was abducted at gunpoint in October 2012 while walking in to her job on Lee Road in Winter Park.

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