Traffic citation could turn into jail time

In a case that grew from a traffic stop to a possible year-long sentence, an arrest warrant has been issued for Andrew Bamberg, a San Mateo man who flew to Russia after being convicted of perjury while contesting a traffic ticket.

In May 2005, Bamberg, 42, received a ticket after allegedly running a stop sign at the intersection of Whipple and Copely avenues. He contested the ticket in court and presented pictures of the intersection in his defense.

The court commissioner who heard the case visited the intersection and concluded that the pictures were of a different intersection. Bamberg pleaded not guilty to perjury, presenting false evidence and concealing evidence. He was convicted by a jury in February.

“This is a case that has snowballed because of a misunderstanding over stop signs,” said Bamberg’s attorney, Paul Demeester. He said the intersection in question is confusing and the officer erred while writing the ticket.

On March 26, Bamberg who was free on bail, missed his sentencing hearing because he flew to Russia for his grandmother’s funeral, Demeester said. He is still in Russia and missed the hearing again on Wednesday.

Bamberg has no prior criminal history, Demeester said. Prosecutors are seeking a year-long sentence.

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