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Ticket to Ride

When Jenifer Rodriguez, 25, was pulled over on I-95 in Indian River County, Fla., the officer had clocked her at 74 mph in a 60 mph construction zone. Cpl. Robert Ruiz says he offered to write the ticket for 69 mph, which would reduced the fine from $600 to $128. But, he says, Rodriguez told him, “You are an ugly person. Why are you picking on me? What about all these other cars?” After Rodriguez cursed at Ruiz and continued to berate him, he told her he would be writing the ticket for her actual speed. Rodriguez then allegedly shouted, “I am going to kill you. You are dead!” — and then sped off, with Ruiz in pursuit. Rodriguez wove through traffic, using the shoulders to pass semis, Ruiz said. She also allegedly attempted to hit Ruiz’s patrol car. Two more troopers joined in, and she was finally stopped when stop sticks punctured her tires, causing her to lose control and hit a tree in the median. Rodriguez was charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, fleeing and eluding police, and making a threat against a public servant. She was held on $5,500 bail. (MS/WPTV West Palm Beach) ...Clearly the $600 fine just wasn’t stiff enough.
Original Publication Date: 25 March 2012
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 18.

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