Every one of us gets pulled over from time to time, whether it is for speeding, for driving with your phone in your hand or for a broken light, the police are gonna pull you over at a certain point in your life.
If you’ve never been pulled over, never had a police officer ask you for your identity and registration documents, I can understand that the first time is always a bit stressful, but there’s no need to go into panic mode.
That’s what happened when Ulster County Legislator Ms. Jennifer Schwartz Berky got pulled over earlier this year. Major drama.
In response to a request filed under the Freedom of Information Law, the police dashcam footage, which totals 26 minutes, was released this week. It shows some major overacting indeed.
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The Democrat legislator from Kingston tries at first to plead with Ulster Police Officer Gary Short not to give her the ticket.
When she sees that it doesn’t work and she will still get the fine, she goes into overdrive: “I’m gonna take you to the court because I have PTSD I drive on that road at 30 miles every time. And I follow the law and I was at the same pace as all the other drivers.“
Ms. Berky tells Short that he singled her out and threatens to call the town of Ulster Supervisor Mr. James Quigley and that she had already contacted County Sheriff Mr. Paul Van Blarcum.
She can repeatedly be heard asking the police officer not to be ticketed on the grounds that she is a county official.
Mr. Short never loses his temper throughout the whole ordeal and tries to calm Ms. Berky down in the process.
Last week, Ms. Berky issued an official apology for her behavior during the traffic stop and informed the county voters that she is staying in the race to keep her Legislature seat. Ms. Berky is up for reelection November 7th.