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Jun 13, 2013 10:27 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Wainscott Man Arrested For Throwing Traffic Patrol Officer's Ticket Book

Jun 19, 2013 10:15 AM
A Wainscott man was arrested last week after authorities said he yelled at a female traffic patrol officer while getting a parking ticket—and then snatched the officer’s ticket book away and threw it.

Michael Kelley, 59, was arrested by Southampton Town Police at 12:15 p.m. on June 12 on Dune Road in Water Mill and charged with second-degree obstructing governmental administration, a misdemeanor.

Authorities said Mr. Kelley, a contractor, was working near a construction site on Dune Road when police began ticketing cars that were illegally parked along the street. They said he began yelling at the officer, “You’re not going to be writing any tickets today!” before cursing at her. Mr. Kelley then grabbed her ticket book and threw it, according to police.

Mr. Kelley was taken into custody and brought to police headquarters in Hampton Bays for processing and arraignment. He was released later that day after posting $250 bail and is due back at Southampton Town Justice Court later this month, officials said.

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Well this is definitely overeacting to getting a parking ticket. But the police officer knows it's just a bunch of people trying to earn a living is it so hard for this officer to walk up to them and say hey can you move the cars.A little more working with the public would be nice.
By 5-0 (44), Montauk Point on Jun 13, 13 11:01 AM
The headline contradicts the charge.
By Duckbornandraised (184), Eastport on Jun 13, 13 11:10 AM
don't always trust what you see and read in the press!! the writers/reporters never get the facts right before the publish a story
By Jaws (245), Amity Island on Jun 16, 13 10:46 PM
A little thin-skinned on the cop's part -- wonder how he scored on his psych evals before he took the job.
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Jun 13, 13 11:12 AM
By BaymenNYC (59), Manhattan on Jun 13, 13 2:06 PM
What nerve she has. Everyone should be allowed to throw ticket books when they park illegally. If you can grab it and throw it before it gets put on your windshield it shouldn't count. I would file a complaint against her.
By Elliver (20), southampton on Jun 15, 13 2:12 PM
That would be awesome. Great idea. Sort of like kick the can with a ticket book. IF they can retrieve and write it by the time you pull away you deserve it. IF you toss it far enough and drive off you are free!
By Hambone (514), New York on Jun 15, 13 6:00 PM
The town needs money so they need to write tickets. The cop has no respect for the working man because he is sitting in his air conditioned car making a hundred twenty KA year.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Jun 13, 13 11:48 AM
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And what of the signs that clearly state "No Parking"? They mean nothing? And this idiot thinks its OK to take the ticket book and toss it?
Wait, another source says it was a female traffic control officer, (not a cop) so then that's OK?
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Jun 13, 13 3:00 PM
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Chief - if the person being ticketed felt it was unwarranted, they would have had their day in the court. All you gotta do is check the "not guilty" box.

Those signs are everywhere and have been there for a long time. The GC should have advised the employees to park at the nearest beach.
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Jun 13, 13 3:02 PM
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To Blank, how in the world did you get "that's OK?" from what I posted?
By lucky and aware (44), Speonk on Jun 14, 13 9:02 PM
l&a, that statement was a response to Chief. He has a strong dislike for leo, and especially undersized women with a weapon, even though TCO's don't carry.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Jun 15, 13 12:50 PM
20,000 square foot house, 200 square foot driveway. Buy a clue instead of a new ticket book.

Expletives deleted.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jun 13, 13 11:59 AM
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I was unaware you could be arrested for "verbal assault" as the headline indiciates. What happend to free speech?
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Jun 13, 13 12:00 PM
You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say will be misquoted, and used against you.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jun 13, 13 12:05 PM
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You have the right to free speech...But when you speak to another person (cop or otherwise) in a way that can be perceived as menacing or threatening, then that person's right to safety supersedes your right to free speech.
By TheWaterMillian (34), Water Mill on Jun 16, 13 8:10 AM
And, based on the verbal assault, and the grabbing and throwing of the ticket book, I'd say that qualifies. Completely rude and disrespectful. Disgusting behavior. I would be ashamed if that man was a member of my family.
By TheWaterMillian (34), Water Mill on Jun 16, 13 8:12 AM
@5-0 Don't you think he was told to move?!?!?!?!? I'm sure this man was given more then one chance to move the cars blocking the road. This is not a new thing with the workers on dune road... The signs clearly say NO PARKING TOW AWAY ZONE. On that road it is hard enough to fit two cars down normally without lazy people like that parking in the road! Its common knowledge that you don't need a beach permit till July first (he is a "local") so why not go park in the beach and avoid the problem to begin ...more
By kthanksbye (4), ronkonkoma on Jun 13, 13 12:08 PM
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Common problem is insufficient job site parking space.


Thanks, bye...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jun 13, 13 12:14 PM
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Please say in the garden spot ( ronkonkoma ) lol we like to see things handled differently out here
By 5-0 (44), Montauk Point on Jun 15, 13 5:28 PM
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insufficient job site parking is not the towns fault as i clearly stated you dont need a parking permit till july first..... YOU HAVE THE WHOLE BEACH LOT TO PARK IN!!!!!!!!!
By kthanksbye (4), ronkonkoma on Jun 15, 13 9:20 PM
And hows is that? You want to avoid the laws Because your a "local" The laws are not just made for city people! Also are you a tax payer? all you "locals" think you are the only ones who pay taxs......... I'm from ronkonkoma yea but im out here enough to know how it works
By kthanksbye (4), ronkonkoma on Jun 15, 13 9:27 PM
Insufficient parking is not the GC, or the worker's fault either. It's actually the fault of the homeowner for building on a small lot, on roving dunes. And, I've got a great civic minded idea for you. Since you think parking at the beach is such a viable option, how about you volunteer to ferry all the tools and supplies from point A to point B for the entire work week?

All the police do by plucking an easy mark like this is make an already tense situation worse. It's already hard ...more
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jun 16, 13 10:52 AM
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I think the charge was based on the guy "grabbing the officers ticket book and throwing it" Who is to say if the folks had been asked on previous occasions not to park, where signs clearly indicate there is no parking?
I don't know and neither do any of you.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Jun 13, 13 12:08 PM
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Obviously you've never been down to road in Watermill and I have. Yes the signs are clearly marked and labeled there's one about every 10 feet you can't miss them. When the road is only big enough for two cars as it is it's common sense that you can't park there. You only know what you know you don't know what I know so..... yeah
By kthanksbye (4), ronkonkoma on Jun 13, 13 12:17 PM
Bad headline. Another source states that he took the ticket book from the female traffic control officer's hand and threw it. He could have been charged with grand larceny or robbery, but was only charged obstructing governmental administration which means they took it easy on him. Try that with SCPD and the criminal charge will be the least of your problems.
By lucky and aware (44), Speonk on Jun 13, 13 12:48 PM
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We come across many work sites where there is a problem of haphazard parking and sometimes dangerous for other drivers and neighbors. In this case, it happened that it was on Dune Road which is littered with no parking signs all over.(Not because the roads are narrow but for other reasons). At those other sites I have not heard that they get ticketed because there seems to be no signs or rules as far as I know. It would be good that there were. A similar problem is created by landscapers at a ...more
By V.Tomanoku (790), southampton on Jun 13, 13 1:29 PM
He is very lucky he only got the misdemeanor charge - in many 'jurisdictions' he would have been readily 'subdued'.
By zaz (197), East Hampton on Jun 13, 13 2:21 PM
One: you don't need a warning, your sign is the warning 2) she wasn't a cop making 120k a year she is traffic control making 10/hr 3) cursing her out and speaking his mind was not his charge it was taking the book and throwing it on the ground... That's obstructing government plus it is governmental property he took from her hand. Stop reading into media and read the facts
By SHTownHB (75), Hampton Bays on Jun 13, 13 5:44 PM
I've seen three or four HUGE Hawkeye Construction trucks parked there for at least a week. I don't care if they work for the town, they should have to abide by the same rules, like everyone else does, even more so.
Furthermore, I'm surprised the DEC, and Town Conservation Board aren't there with the SWAT team, guns drawn...

"An idle mind is weak at heart"
By The Royal 'We' (199), Southampton on Jun 15, 13 9:28 AM
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Many businesses have their workers report to the job site instead of reporting to a place of business and then going to the job. Businesses do things like this and then expect the rest of us to give them a pass when they get in trouble.
Were these the cars of undocumented laborers who were needed only for the day and the contractor pays them cash, gets the product complete makes a huge profit and the rest of us have to give them a pass when they get a ticket or worse if the workers get hurt ...more
By SHNative (554), Southampton on Jun 16, 13 8:45 AM
Its called work and business and keeping the economy going. If there was no construction in the Hamptons we would have a lot of locals leaving the area. You should have the same passion about lazy people who collect welfare and do nothing. You should get a job someday and see how life works.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Jun 16, 13 9:56 AM
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You think new homes wouldn't be built if parking No parking on Dune Road was strictly enforced? It's the cost of doing business - the people who get ticketed should just give it to the GC who can include the costs in the final bill to the homeowner.
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Jun 18, 13 12:52 PM
S240.33, Pending Legislation

Establishes the crime of aggravated harassment of police officers, peace
officers, court officers, emergency medical technicians or paramedics; provides that such crime is a class E felony.

I do believe this would cover verbal assault. Maybe even to flipping the bird?
By loading... (601), quiogue on Jun 17, 13 5:09 PM
Actually no.

A court decision in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit back in January ruled that you may "flip the bird" without issue.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jun 17, 13 5:19 PM
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