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North Carolina State Trooper Caught on Video Going 100+ MPH Down Wrong Side of Highway

North Carolina State Trooper Reckless Driving

The trooper in the video, who has since been identified as T.J. Williamson, was not only driving on the wrong side of the road, but also reportedly going over one-hundred miles per hour at the time. Typically, the speed limit on rural highways are at least 65 mph. Assuming that the cars driving on that highway are following the legal speed limit, that means Trooper Williamson’s car would be approaching oncoming traffic at 165 mph. (And that’s a pretty conservative estimate.)

Even with his lights and sirens on, someone could have easily not seen him until it was too late at that speed. It’s beyond obvious that Williamson caused much more of a hazard by speeding on the wrong side of the road than any illegal street ever would have.

Via MyFox8.com:

The North Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a video that shows a trooper going the wrong way on a highway while attempting to stop street racers, WBTV reports. A group of people were blocking traffic to race along U.S. 321 around 4:30 p.m. in Newton Sunday. Troopers said they were creating hazardous conditions for other drivers.

The video, which was shot by Carisa Lynn, has been widely shared on social media. “Just freaked out,” Lynn told WSOC. “It was crazy. It was very dangerous.” Lynn said she believes the trooper put more people at risk by the way he responded to the reported street racing. “Street racing isn’t what you should be doing, but it was more reckless in my opinion of the police officer to be driving the way he was driving, in general, to pull over some people racing,” Lynn said.

As many as 10 BMWs were involved in the street racing bust, WSOC reports. Highway Patrol has impounded five of those vehicles. Multiple people face charges that include prearranged speed racing, careless and reckless driving and impeding traffic.

Once that video became public, Trooper Williamson resigned according to WRAL.com in Raleigh, NC. It’ll probably be at least a couple months before he’s working for some other department.

A North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper has resigned after a video showed him driving the wrong way on a highway as he responded to reports of street racing.

A statement from the patrol on Tuesday said Trooper T.J. Williamson submitted his resignation effective immediately.

Note: This post and the video embedded below were shared with Nevada Cop Block via the NVCopBlock.org submissions page. If you have a personal story, video you took, or link to a story or video you’d like to see posted on the Nevada Cop Block site, send it to us.

Drunk Off-Duty Cincinnati Cop Causes Panic by Dropping Her Gun While Harassing People in a Movie Theater

Sergeant Shauna Lambert of the Cincinnati Police Department was arrested last week after she showed up at a movie theater in Milford, began acting weird and harassing people, then dropped her department issued 9mm handgun. She was off-duty and drunk at the time.

Reportedly, her behavior included standing up several times during the movie and physically grabbing at least two other patrons, who attempted to move to another area to avoid her. Lambert responded by moving back toward where they were sitting, which is when she dropped the gun. There are conflicting accounts of whether she was attempting to pull the gun out at the time that it fell to the floor.

People within the theater began running out once they saw that it was a gun she had dropped, prompting an evacuation of the building. Others held her down on the floor of the theater, while one man picked up the gun and removed it from the building. She was then arrested, while still sitting within the theater. (See videos embedded below.)

It’s also been revealed since this incident that this isn’t her first drunken, armed rodeo. In fact, she’s now been arrested twice within the past nine months for alcohol related offenses. Back in April of last year, Sgt. Lambert was arrested for driving drunk in Blue Ash, when she was caught speeding and driving over the median then refused to perform a field sobriety test or take a breathalyzer.

Via WLWT5.com (the local NBC affiliate):

Shauna Lambert, a 23-year veteran of the Cincinnati Police Department, was arrested in Milford on Friday.

Witnesses told police Lambert had dropped a gun onto the floor of a movie theater during a showing of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”

No bullets were discharged, and no one was hurt, but Lambert was charged with having a gun while intoxicated and inducing panic.

It’s the second blemish on her record in nine months.

On April 29, Lambert was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence after Blue Ash police Officer Jason Asbury noticed her car speeding across a median on State Route 126.

Officer Asbury tried to perform a sobriety test on Lambert, but the test ended abruptly when Lambert was asked to walk in a straight line.

TRANSCRIPT OF DASH CAM VIDEO

Officer Asbury: “Then take nine more steps back, OK? One, two, three, all the way until you get to nine.”
Lambert: “You want to do this?”
Officer Asbury: “You understand everything so far?”
Lambert: “Do you want to do this?”
Officer Asbury: “Yeah, do you want to do this? I’m asking you. Are you going to perform these tests?”
Lambert: (inaudible)
Officer Asbury: “You’re not going to perform these tests? OK, ma’am. Turn around and face the car.”

Lambert refused to take a Breathalyzer test and pleaded guilty a few weeks later to an amended charge of reckless operation of a vehicle.

In spite of having pled guilty to that previous (conveniently “amended”) case and having a total of seven on-duty auto accidents (I’m thinking the same thing), Sgt. Lambert was kept on the payroll by the Good Cops within the Cincinnati Police Department, even though she still lost her license as a result.

In addition, although her personnel records contain glowing praise of her “strong sense of right and wrong” and willingness to impose that on others, as well as her exceptional standard of decision making by her supervisors, it also shows a history of citizen complaints filed against her, including one for “sustained discourtesy.”

New York Sheriff’s Deputy James H. Bissell III Only Fined $504 For Fatal Car Crash in Plea Deal

Niagara County Deputy James H. Bissell III was sentenced to a small fine after agreeing to a plea deal for an on-duty accident last year, in spite of the fact that he seriously injured a woman and killed her husband in that accident. In exchange for pleading guilty to three traffic infractions, the charge of reckless driving he had been facing was dropped.

Via the Buffalo News:

The former Niagara County sheriff’s deputy whose patrol car T-boned a sport utility vehicle last year, killing its driver, pleaded guilty to three traffic violations Tuesday.

James H. Bissell III, 31, who had been a deputy for only 39 days when the crash occurred, was fined a total of $501 by Cambria Town Justice Amel S. Jowdy Jr. after Bissell admitted to imprudent speed, failure to yield the right of way and running a stop sign.

Jowdy Jr. imposed a $75 fine and a $92 state surcharge for each count.

Niagara County taxpayers could be liable for much more than that when a civil suit by the victim’s widow is either settled or tried.

“As long as he pleads to a violation of the Vehicle and Traffic Law, that cements the county’s liability. It becomes an admission of liability,” said Terrence M. Connors, attorney for Mary A. Annalora of Newfane, the victim’s widow.

Her husband, Glenn T. Annalora, 61, died from injuries suffered when Bissell’s patrol car smashed into the driver’s side of the Jeep at Ridge and North Ridge roads in Cambria shortly after 7 p.m. Oct. 22.

Mary Annalora, 58, who was a passenger in the Jeep, suffered multiple injuries, including fractured ribs and vertebrae, according to her lawsuit against the county.

I’m sure someone not wearing a Magic Suit would get off with a few minor traffic tickets after killing someone. And the bonus is that taxpayers get to pay for the million dollar lawsuit that will be getting settled soon with the victim that survived. To be fair though, his wrist is gonna sting for a minute and it’ll probably be a month or two before he gets hired by another police department.

As you can see in the video below, Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour also sent Thoughts and Prayers.

“I’m an Officer of the Law!” Belligerant, Drunk Cop, Who Wrecked Into Parked Car, Already Had Two DUI’s When Hired

On Friday August 12th, the Albuquerque police received a call about a drunk driver at the MATS Detox Center who had run into a parked car and had then began acting aggressively toward the staff of that detox center. Upon arriving at the location, they soon discovered that the drunken, belligerent driver was New Mexico State Police Officer Morgan Ortiz, who was obviously drunk and not just a little, but to the point he could hardly even stand up.

When questioned he began repeating “11” to each question in a potential tribute to John Lennon and Yoko Ono, i.e. “how much have you had to drink?” – “11” – “where were you coming from?” – “11” – etc., etc. Believe it or not, things got even a little weirder after that, once it was determined that this wasn’t Ortiz’ first drunken rodeo.

Via KRQE.com:

The reports go on to state that Ortiz was too drunk to be arrested for aggravated DWI and reckless driving. Instead, he was taken to a hospital and will be summonsed for the charges.

In the lapel video, Ortiz is heard yelling, “I’m an officer of the law.” Ortiz was even heard cussing at officers.

This was his third DWI, according to criminal records. He was previously convicted of DWI back in 2003 and 2004, both before his 21st birthday.

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As it turns out, Ortiz, 32, is a graduate of New Mexico State Police’s 89th academy in December 2015. He hadn’t even been patrolling the streets for a year.

“We put him through a battery of tests: psychological, medical tests that, unfortunately, after all the years of him being sober, something happened.” Chief Pete Kassetas said.

Kassetas said he was fully aware of Ortiz’s criminal record when he hired him, and took a chance on the young man.

“He’s embarrassed, he’s upset,” Kassetas said. “Obviously as the chief, I’m embarrassed and I’m not happy.”

Ortiz’s gun and badge have been taken from him and he’s been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of both the criminal case and an internal affairs investigation.

new-mexico- state-police-officer-morgan-ortizAs embarrassed and unhappy as Chief Kassetas is by this whole unpredictable outcome, he still hasn’t figured out what will be done with Officer Ortiz once he comes off the paid vacation they sent him on while his friends “investigate” this “unfortunate” incident. Although he states that his job is “in jeopardy,” it could be several weeks before the chief decides how hard to slap his wrist.

And remember, if you want to avoid getting arrested, just get really incredibly drunk to the point that they have to take you to the hospital and they’ll just send you home from there. See how that works out for you if you don’t have one of those Magic Suits in your closet.

Miami Police Officer Eric Dominguez Delays Medical Treatment For; Then Extorts Accident Victim

The following post was shared with the Cop Block Network by Allie Goldman, via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page. It details how she was “protected and served” by Officer Eric Dominguez of the Miami Beach Police Department after she suffered a broken leg in an accident while riding a rented scooter during a visit to Miami earlier this year.

Allie states that, instead of helping her get necessary medical treatment for her injury or even simply allowing her to go to the hospital and seek that treatment herself, Officer Dominguez insisted on delaying that treatment by forcing her to provide a driver’s license (which often isn’t required for scooters).

Even after one of her friends retrieved the license, Officer Dominguez then extorted money from her based on an accident that caused no injury or damage to anyone except Allie herself and potentially the scooter for which Allie was already liable for.

Date of Incident: February 29, 2016
Officer Involved: Officer Eric Dominguez
Department Involved: Miami Beach Police Department
Contact Phone Number: (305) 673-7900
Facebook Page: Miami Beach PD Facebook Page
Twitter Account: @MiamiBeachPD

I was visiting Miami this past February for my birthday. Some friends and I rented those motorized scooters. On our last day there, I ran into a curb and fell off of the scooter. I did not injure anyone or anything (including the scooter) but the fall resulted in me having a severely broken leg.

A witness decided to call 911 when they saw me in pain. Officer Eric Dominguez responded. He was immediately very rude. I did not have my physical ID on me, so he kept accusing me of not really having a license. I was sitting there sobbing in pain wanting to leave and go to the hospital when I was told by him that he would arrest me if I left.

I had one of my friends drive back to our hotel to get my ID and bring it back to him. The officer was clearly not taking my injury seriously and even asked me to try to walk (which my doctors told me probably caused more damage). When my friend came back with my ID thirty minutes later, he acknowledged that I in fact did have a driver’s license and told me I could finally go to the hospital. I was upset about my treatment from the officer, but decided to let it go.

Two months later, I am now receiving numerous letters from Miami-Dade Clerk of Courts for the FOUR traffic citations Officer Dominguez gave me. First off, I was never told I was being cited with ANYTHING. I fell off of a scooter, I was unaware that was a crime! I am being cited with failure to provide insurance – he never asked for my insurance even though the scooter rental was in fact insured. I am being cited with reckless driving – the officer did not witness me driving. I am being charged with failure to provide a driver’s license – I had one at the time of the incident, and he made me wait to go to the hospital just so he could see it for himself. I am not even sure what the other citation even means.

I am shocked and disgusted that someone who is supposed to protect and serve would respond to an injured tourist and try to turn their life upside down. It was an ACCIDENT that did not injure anyone or anything besides myself.

So after dealing with the trauma of having a broken leg and having to have multiple surgeries, I now have $800 in traffic tickets, a bench warrant in Miami, and a suspended license where I live in Ohio. This incident makes Miami Beach PD look bad and has ruined my trust in the police in general! It definitely has tainted my many great memories in Miami.

– Allie Goldman

It’s actually rather ironic that Officer Dominguez would give anyone a ticket for reckless driving, BTW. Dominguez in fact was suspended from the Miami Beach Police Department in 2012 for (wait for it) speeding and driving recklessly in his patrol car on a occupied beach. In that incident, for which he was restricted from driving a department vehicle for two years and suspended a week, his vehicle actually went airborne due to the speed and lack of traction in the sand. (The video of that Heroic Act by Dominguez is embedded below.)

Prior to that, Dominguez nearly killed four motorcyclists in a crash, including another police officer, while (you guessed it) speeding and driving recklessly in a department issued vehicle in 2010. Then he lied and tried to tell highway patrol officers that responded that he was on duty and responding to a call, when he was actually off-duty at the time. According to the Miami New Times, there’s no evidence in his personnel file that Ofc. Dominguez was punished in any way for this incident. Taxpayers on the other hand, were forced to pay “tens of thousands” to his victims.

Just for good measure, he also has been caught committing fraud by abusing sick time on four different occasions since 2008. The fact that Officer Dominguez is in a position to give tickets to anyone at this point says a lot about the Miami Beach Police Department and the myth of “accountability” among all the Heroic Police Officers in general, not just the Good Cops in Florida.

NYPD Says Brooklyn Man Killed by Cop While Legally Crossing Street Was at Fault Because He “Assumed Risk”

Felix Coss, a 61 year old Brooklyn Spanish teacher, was killed in 2013 by an NYPD officer, who was making a left turn at a stop light. Mr. Coss was within the crosswalk, had a green light, and in every other way possible was legally walking across the street.

In contrast, NYPD Officer Paula Medrano did just about everything that someone could possibly do wrong in the given situation. As can be seen in the video of the fatal incident, Ofc. Medrano quickly accelerated through the intersection as soon as the light changed without looking for pedestrians attempting to cross. Medrano was also reportedly using her cell phone at the time of the accident.

Her failure to observe the conditions in which she was driving extended to the point that she never visibly tries to apply the brakes until she has already hit Coss with the NYPD van. Furthermore, the speed that she reached in the short amount of time it took for her to cross the intersection can be gauged by the velocity with which Coss is thrown backwards upon impact. As a result of that violent impact, Coss suffered severe head injuries. Later that night, Felix Coss died from those injuries.

Amazingly enough, the NYPD is now claiming as a defense to a lawsuit filed by Coss’ two surviving brothers that Officer Medrano was actually not at fault. The reason she bears no responsibility either criminally or financially, according to the NYPD, is because Mr. Coss “assumed the risk” of crossing the street when he stepped off the curb and into the crosswalk. In other words, Coss was the one actually at fault for not avoiding or anticipating Officer Medrano’s reckless actions that day.

Via a “StreetsBlog NYC” post: (Emphasis added)

Video of the crash shows Medrano stopped at the Hooper Street crosswalk on the north side of the intersection as Coss, approaching from the south, stops for the signal. When the light changes, Coss enters the Broadway crosswalk, still facing Medrano, as Medrano accelerates into the intersection and turns left, driving directly into Coss and knocking him to the asphalt.

The NYPD crash report says Medrano “had the green light,” but does not indicate Coss was crossing with the walk signal and had the right of way.

Following up on a witness statement that Medrano was on her cell phone at the time of the crash, the Internal Affairs Bureau subpoenaed her phone records, according to the Daily NewsBut just two days after Coss was killed the Post reported that Medrano probably wouldn’t be summonsed or charged by NYPD. Though Coss “had the pedestrian signal,” the Post reported, “No criminality and no traffic-law violations are suspected.”

“It was a tragic, unfortunate accident,” an anonymous NYPD source said.

NYPD denied a Streetsblog freedom of information request for files related to the crash.

Coss was survived by two brothers, who filed a suit against the city, NYPD, and Medrano, claiming Medrano was driving recklessly, using a cell phone, and failed to yield. But the city’s Law Department claims Coss was responsible for the collision.

The city’s response to the suit says Coss “knew or should have known in the exercise of due/reasonable care of the risks and dangers incident to engaging in the activity alleged.”

From the city’s court filing:

  • Plantiff(s) voluntarily performed and engaged in the alleged activity and assumed the risk of the injuries and/or damages claimed. Plaintiff(s) failed to use all required, proper, appropriate and reasonable safety devices and/or equipment and failed to take all proper, appropriate and reasonable steps to assure his/her/their safety … Plaintiff(s)’ implied assumption of risk caused or contributed, in whole or in part [sic] to his/her/their injuries.

The Coss family’s attorney, Andrew Levine, says NYPD and the city have resisted providing materials relevant to the case, including witness statements, which the city has failed to surrender despite two court orders. “We believe those statements are going to be very powerful evidence about the conscious pain and suffering that Felix Coss went through,” Levine told Streetsblog. “It feels as though they really put up a stone wall to try and prevent any flow of information whatsoever.”

NYPD has a history of mistreating victims of police-involved traffic crashes. The department keeps a tight lid on information related to crashes that involve police personnel, going so far as to withhold data from other city agencies, a policy that has not changed since Mayor Bill de Blasio launched the Vision Zero initiative in 2014.

Even for the NYPD, and police in general,  the level of arrogance and disrespect within that quoted portion sets a high bar. Getting beyond that, do you have any doubt that if you blew through an intersection while talking on your cell phone, and ran into someone legally crossing the street causing that innocent person’s death that you would walk scot-free without so much as a traffic ticket? In all likelihood, you would be awaiting trial on manslaughter charges.

And they don’t even so much as want to compensate the family of Officer Medrano’s victim.

A Small Town Injustice

The following post was submitted by Jedediah Mountz, via the CopBlock.org submissions page.

Date of Incident: December 1, 2014
Officer Involved: Officer Pitts – Badge Number 1064
Department Involved: Virginia State Police
Department Phone Number: (757) 253-4923

On Dec. 1st 2014, I was at night school after a long day off work like I would do five times a week. I go to school in Norfolk, VA at Advance Technology Institute. My classes are normally from 5:45 to 10:45, Monday thru Thursday. My friend and I usually ride our bikes to class and ride home together because honestly it is safer that way.

We left class early that night around 10:20 and we had to make a stop in Portsmouth, VA to let the dog of a friend, who was out of town, out. Then we left Portsmouth around 11:10, got on Interstate 264, and traveled along Interstate 664 through the Monitor and Merrimac Tunnel. Once we got to Mercury Blvd. and Interstate 64, we parted ways because he lives near Ft. Eustis and I live In Smithfield, VA. That was at about 11:30.

I then traveled, like I normally do, all the way across the James River Bridge (JRB) into Smithfeild. I made it all the way to my road, which is Scott’s Factory Road, where I came upon a road block. As soon as I came to the road block, I stopped my bike, took my helmet off, and shut my bike off because I could see lights ahead of the roadblock. Then an Isle of Wight sheriff‘s deputy started questioning me about where I had been and where I was going.

I had nothing to hide, so I recounted my story and told him I am just going home because I was tired. I was literally less then a half a mile from my house. He said he was investigating a motorcycle running from the cops on the JRB. I said what http://www.isleofwightsheriffsoffice.com/is the description of the rider you are looking for and he said just a dark colored motorcycle. I told him as you can see I am riding a bright red 2003 Kawasaki 636. So obviously that couldn’t be me.

Next thing I know, another cop pulled up behind me. This second cop was Officer Pitts. He never saw my face before he said I was the person he was chasing. Then I was arrested and booked for felony evading and reckless driving. So, after I got bonded out of jail for this offense, I started working on my case. I ended up hiring a lawyer by the name of Shawn Cline (757-209-2328) I was confident by the way he talked about what he could do for me so I payed him his fee of 5000 dollars.

When preliminary court came I was told not to testify and that only Officer Pitts could testify. There was a court reporter there recording everything that was said. When asked questions about the case by the lawyer during cross examination, a lot of Officer Pitts answers were “I don’t know” and ” I didn’t take any notes.” So, at this point, I am like wow, how can you not know and take any notes but still want to convict me for something I didn’t do?

When the final court date happened on October 21, 2015, I had all my witnesses and all my evidence ready to show to the judge to prove my innocence. Officer Pitts testified that he was heading toward Newport News, VA on the JRB when he clocked a motorcycle traveling 136 mph going toward Smithfield on the other sided of the bridge. From where he clocked the bike, the rider had less than a mile left till the end of the bridge.

Officer Pitts testified that he was able to go to the drawbridge, which was close to a mile ahead of him, turn around, and catch up to the bike before the bike got off the bridge. How is that physically possible since the cop car he was in tops out at 145 mph? At that speed, it would have take the bike 20 seconds to reach the end of the bridge. Meanwhile, the cop car would have taken close to 50 seconds to travel that distance.

He then testified that after he caught up the bike he was able to get within five feet of the bike. He could still not identify what the rider was wearing, the license plate number, or anything other than that it was a dark colored bike. He chased the rider until he got to the intersection of Scott’s Factory Road and Turner Drive. He then lost sight of the rider and called off the chase, but stayed in the area to try and locate the rider.

Around 1138, as this rider was traveling at high rate of speed, he passed my house and the reason I know this is because my girlfriend was outside because she heard a bike coming and wanted to see if it was me. She testified in court that it was a black bike and the rider was wearing all black. After that, he ran into a police road block at the intersection of Scott’s Factory Road and Rt 258. He then turned around and yet again headed toward my house, as my girlfriend was waiting outside. If it was me, why wouldn’t I have just pulled into my driveway either time passing my house, since there were no cops in sight?

During the time the cops were chasing this guy, one of the cops lost control of their vehicle and rode into the woods. They then set up a road block, so they could get their fellow officer out of the trees. From the time Officer Pitts called off the chase until the time I came to the road block was about 40 minutes. A lot can happen in forty minutes.

10422603_966495986694064_4637221018326062907_nThat night was I wearing some very noticeable clothes. I had an American flag helmet that during the court preceding no cop identified that as being what the rider was wearing. I was also wearing a black motorcycle vest with a large red duct tape “P” on the back. In addition, my license plate was personalized ” jedbke.” If you’re a cop and you’re right behind someone, you’re definitely going to notice these things.

I also want to point out that the chase started at 11:20 and I was riding with someone until 11:30, miles away from where the chase started . So how could I be somewhere else? However, when the judge returned the verdict he said why would three cops make up a story and that me and all my witnesses must be liars. After I was convicted my lawyer told me he doesn’t do appeals, which I think is really shady that he couldn’t he tell me that before. It was like all he wanted was his money.

A little about myself: I have been in the Navy for 12 years and I have three kids. I have never ran from the cops, have never been in trouble like this before, and am terrified what is going to happen at sentencing on January 20, 2016. I know I didn’t do this, but I have been out of work for so long because of this that I have no way to defend myself against something I really didn’t do. I have all the evidence to prove my innocence, but I believe I got an unfair trial. If I go jail, my family won’t be able to make the rent and then they will be homeless. Please post this and get the word out that I am innocent

– Jedediah Mountz

Editor’s Note: According to the Virginia Courts website, Mountz was found guilty and sentenced to 3 years with 2 years and 5 months suspended for felony eluding police and also a 12-month suspended sentence for misdemeanor reckless driving. He has already begun serving the 7 months that were not suspended.  He has a GoFundMe set up to assist with an appeal.

Arrested For NO Reason While Delivering Pizza in Salem, NH

The following post was sent in by Joshua Mello, via the CopBlock.org submissions page.

Date of Incident: November 29, 2015
Officer Involved: Officer M. McCarthy
Department Involved: Salem (NH) Police Department
Department Phone Number: (603) 893-1911

Hey everyone,

My name is Joshua Mello and I work and deliver for a large pizza chain in the town of Salem, New Hampshire. On November 29, 2015 at approximately 4:30 pm, I was arrested for “reckless operation” of a motor vehicle. Officer McCarthy claimed I was “going fast” (but not on radar), and also swerving in and out of traffic without a turn signal.

This is what actually happened…

While I was delivering a pizza down Rte. 28 in Salem, NH, a car in front of me slammed their brakes and I had no choice but to cut over to the other lane. I never passed 40 mph in a 35 mph zone. I then saw blue lights behind me and pulled over.

12391170_593219724160645_4696513325611611582_nThe officer jumped out of his vehicle and began to approach my car very aggressively. He then opened my door and grabbed my arm with force. He stated I was under arrest. I asked why, because I had no clue why I was being arrested. He told me for reckless driving. I was dumbfounded. I asked him to define reckless driving for me so I could understand why I was being arrested…This is what he said “when you operate a vehicle recklessly…” Like really?!? He also noted I was going way “too fast.”

The story gets better…

While he continues to be aggressive with me, he puts me into the cop car. I ask him what about the pizzas, he tells me “too bad your car is getting towed.” He drove me not even a 1/4 mile to the police station, books me, and says start walking. No bail, no nothing. I started walking and called my boss to come get me. Luckily, my company likes me and they all know how corrupt Salem, NH police are.

I got my car back from the tow yard ($230 later) and continued driving pizzas around, not even 20 minutes later. So corrupt!

The point of this story is to show the power cops have. He was very aggressive and was clearly trying to instigate me to maybe assault him or resist him, which I didn’t. He could have used some discretion on the situation and let me go, but he didn’t. I did nothing wrong, I was working, and the whole incident could have cost me my job and reputation.

I am contemplating suing them for defamation of character and wrongful arrest. I am surprised I have not seen more stories on Cop Block about Salem, NH police. They are very crooked. I’ve witnessed some other questionable things as well since driving around 40 hours a week for 2 years in this town…

– Joshua Mello