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English: Bill Gates was photographed by the Albuquerque, New Mexico police in 1977 after a traffic violation (details of which have been lost over time).
Date 13 December 1977
Source The Smoking Gun , which is an affiliate of Court TV and owned by Time Warner. Ultimate source, Albuquerque, New Mexico police records. Cropped and converted to PNG
Author Albuquerque, New Mexico police department
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