If you're heading to court to answer a marijuana possession summons, it's not advisable to light up a joint in the parking lot. But if you just can't resist, it's even less advisable to do so while parked in the police chief's parking space. Such is the case in Northport, NY, where police say a 26-year-old woman parked Monday evening in a spot clearly marked for the village police chief, reports Newsday. She might have gotten away with that, had she not first cut off an unmarked police car in the parking lot while illegally talking on her cellphone, police say.
At that point, two officers approached her car, and they say that when Arielle Bonnici rolled down her window, smoke with an unmistakable scent came billowing out. "At this point the two officers said they started laughing," police chief Bill Ricca tells News 12 Long Island. "Besides cutting off a police car, on the cellphone, parking in the chief's parking spot, now she's smoking marijuana in the back of a courthouse and police station." The cops issued Bonnici another appearance on unlawful pot possession and gave her a ticket for using her phone while driving.