The Rev. Bruce Wright, a frequent advocate for St. Petersburg's homeless, was arrested Monday on a charge of driving with a suspended license.
According to a Gulfport police arrest affidavit, Wright, 50, was driving a silver 1996 Saturn in the 5100 block of Tangerine Avenue S when a police officer who knew Wright's license was suspended pulled him over. Officer David Cavanah said Wright first told him that his license was valid. When Cavanah questioned that, Wright said he had lied to Cavanah because he was scared, arrest reports state.
Records show that Wright's Florida license was suspended in February for failure to pay child support.
Wright spent about six hours in the Pinellas County Jail before being released on his own recognizance late Monday night. He told the St. Petersburg Times Tuesday that the Saturn belonged to a friend and that he was on church business.
"I had no choice," he said of being behind the wheel of the car. "I am behind in child support because of my economic status. I've had a major downturn in support because of the economy."