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Disabled vets claim they were given erroneous parking citations

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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Two local disabled veterans claim they're being cited for parking in spots designated for disabled drivers. Both have special federal plates affixed to their vehicles and disabled parking placard prominently displayed.

The vets said this has happened to them nine times, most recently at Santa Fe Station while they were attending a celebration for veterans.

Darwin Holmes and his roommate, Eric Cagle, frequently share rides and believe Las Vegas Metro police volunteers are to blame.

The pair claims this has happened to them everywhere from casinos to grocery stores and even at a school on one occasion.

"We don't really go out much because of this. We're afraid to even park. Most of the time we'll park out where regular people park," Holmes said.

"I have problems walking. I mean, I'm paralyzed in half my body. My legs wear out and I get exhausted," Cagle said.

Cagle was hit by an IED in Iraq and now has a metal plate in his head and no sight in one eye.

"I didn't think that the country I fought and bled for would be this cruel to me," Cagle said.

"It's not Metropolitan police, it's the Senior Patrol. They don't see the little wheel chair on the plate and they ticket," said Holmes. "And when we go down to straighten it out, (we're charged) an administrative fee."

Both men have received several lien notices from third party creditors, but Holmes refuses to pay a dime.

"I'm going to fight it. If it means suing the city over this, I'm going to get an attorney and sue them," he said.

Metro said they do have volunteers who issue tickets in public parking lots, but that if what the men are saying is true, they should never have been ticketed.

FOX5 passed along photos of their disabled tags and the tickets to Metro. The department said the matter will be looked into.

Holmes said five other veterans with similar plates were ticketed at that Veterans Day celebration at Santa Fe Station.

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