A New Jersey woman was recently arrested at a checkpoint in Manhattan and forced to spend a night in jail after police officers discovered that she had an outstanding traffic summons from 10 years ago.
The woman, who was 27, explained that she worked for 6 years in New York City and has driven into the city every day without any problems.
However, a couple Thursdays ago, she was arrested at a checkpoint on the Upper East Side for an outstanding summons she allegedly received sometime in 2002.
The woman explained, “It was horrifying … I sat in a holding cell for 14 hours with people who had gun charges, who were fighting each other.”
The woman was only 17 when she received the summons, which was issued due to the fact that she did not have her insurance card with her while driving in New York State.
The woman, who is a licensed NJ driver, reported no issues when she went to the DMV in New Jersey in order to renew her license. She also did not have any problems concerning her automobile insurance.
The woman, who appears to be an upstanding member of society said, “I’ve received tickets in New York and I’ve paid them.”
She went on to rhetorically ask, “Couldn’t they have just impounded my car instead of taking me and putting me with other people who commit actual crimes?”
The woman settled her case in court not too long ago by agreeing to pay a $155 fine.
Under the agreement, her record will stay clean. However, she stated that the fear and humiliation of spending the night in jail will haunt her forever.
“I feel completely violated,” she said. “There’s got to be something they can do besides torture people.”
The woman plans to file a complaint with the police department, saying she was treated like a criminal for the simple traffic summons.
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