Man drives without license for 15 years; self-reports being charged about 30 times

Contributed Photo/Courtesy GCSO: Just three days after being convicted of driving on a revoked license and without insurance, Ryan Blan was pulled over again.

By Jon Johnson

SAFFORD – A man was pulled over for a traffic violation Friday, June 14, and was found to have his driver’s license revoked. 

Ryan Dale Blan, 34, allegedly advised that his license had been suspended or revoked for the past 15 years and that he had been either arrested or given a citation for it about 30 times. According to online court records, Blan was charged earlier in the month with driving with a revoked license and without mandatory insurance. He pleaded guilty to those charges just three days before being pulled over again. 

Blan also has previous guilty charges of possession of a dangerous drug and other drug charges. 

According to a Safford Police report, an officer was traveling behind a green SUV on Main Street when it failed to signal to turn south onto 11th Avenue. The officer also said there were items hanging from the rear-view mirror that would obstruct the driver’s view. 

As the SUV turned into the Giant gas station at the intersection of 8th Street and 8th Avenue, the officer initiated a traffic stop. 

At that time, Blan advised his license was suspended. After Graham County Dispatch confirmed Blan’s license was revoked, the officer placed Blan under arrest and transported him to the Graham County Adult Detention Facility. However, due to unexplained booking issues, Blan was given a citation and released from jail. 

The SUV was towed from the scene by Nutcracker Towing and placed under a 30-day impound.

This article was updated Tuesday, June 25, to reflect that Blan is not on probation.