PHOTO: A Lakewood resident has a piece of advice for all drivers out there. Make sure your license is free and clear of any pending summonses or charges, or you could learn the hard way – like he did.
On the way to a friend’s wedding in Brooklyn last night, the Yungerman, with his wife in the car, was asked to pick up an item on the way to the hall.
But while doing so, he was stopped by an NYPD officer for a traffic violation.
But the Yungerman relates to TLS that he didn’t have his license on him. The officer collected his other documentation and returned to his patrol car.
After a lengthy wait, the officer returned to the vehicle and without an explanation placed the Yungerman in handcuffs and arrested him, the Yungerman says.
He was placed in the patrol car and taken to the police station, where he was put into a cell.
“I asked if I could call my attorney, but they didn’t allow me to,” the Yungerman says.
He was placed into “an empty cell with a toilet,” still unsure why he was arrested in front of his wife.
“A little while later, they took me out of that cell and placed me into another cell with several other inmates,” he related.
About two hours later, he was brought out and had his mug-shot taken. He was then handed papers for a mandatory court appearance, and released.
After the lengthy ordeal, he continued on to the wedding, where he arrived at about 12 a.m. – just in time to wish his friend a Mazel Tov.
The Yungerman says that today he found out, through his attorney, that the arrest was due to an unpaid ticket on a Pennsylvania License he previously had – about 4 years ago. The violation back then occurred in New York, the Yungerman said.
“I had no idea I even had that outstanding ticket.”
But unfortunately that excuse won’t get you out of being arrested, and so he has some valuable advice for all drivers out there.
“The same way you periodically go to a dentist to make sure your teeth are okay, go to the DMV to ensure your license is clear,” the Yungerman told TLS.