May 26, 2015

Fool Me Once Shame On You. NYC Driver Pushes His Luck and Loses

William Reed, Suspect

[From article]
PA Police Officer Martin Smolen initially pulled over William Reed at 12th and Provost streets in Jersey City around 9:15 p.m. May 15 for driving his silver 2005 Dodge van without his headlights on near the tunnel, law enforcement sources said.
Reed, 42, of Bethlehem, Pa., handed the officer his registration with his name on it — then roared off through the tunnel to Manhattan, the sources said.
Police didn’t pursue Reed because of safety concerns, they said.
But seven days later, Smolen got the chance to even the score.
The cop spotted the elusive Reed driving the same van only four blocks away, on 14th Street near Erie Street, and pulled him over.
When Smolen placed Reed under arrest for warrants stemming from their first encounter, Reed admitted having marijuana in his van — and a search turned up 16.5 pounds of the leafy stuff, the sources said.
He was charged with obstructing government function, hindering apprehension, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

Driver caught with 17 pounds of pot pressed his luck with cops
By Philip Messing
New York Post
May 26, 2015 | 4:29am

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