Most people who are issued speeding tickets are understandably frustrated and likely don't expect -- or want to -- see the police officer who issued them the traffic citation ever again. However, a recently filed lawsuit by a Chicagoland woman claims that the police officer who issued her a speeding ticket made an unwanted and unwarranted communication after sending her on her way.
According to the complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Chicago, Evangelina P. was pulled over by Officer Chris C. back on October 22, 2011 in the village of Stickney, a southwest suburb of the Windy City, and issued a $132 speeding ticket.
Two days after being issued the ticket, Evangelina P. went to her car in her apartment parking lot and discovered a handwritten note from Officer Chris C. attached to her windshield.
It read as follows:
"It's Chris ... that ugly bald Stickney cop who gave you a ticket ... I know this may seem crazy and you're probably right, but truth is I have not stopped thinking about you since. I don't expect a girl as attractive as you to ... even go for a guy like me, but I'm taking a shot anyways."
The note then states that he would understand if Evangelina P. never wanted to speak to him because he cost her $132, but that he still wanted to buy her dinner as a way of making up for it.
The complaint alleges that Officer Chris C. accessed the Department of Motor Vehicle's database to find Evangelina P.'s address and that this constituted a violation of her privacy, causing her "to suffer great fear and anxiety."
"Plaintiff could not believe that a police officer would use his access to her personal information to find her home and stalk her," reads the complaint.
The complaint also accuses Officer Chris C. of using his "authority and position as a police officer not to protect the public, but to attempt to manipulate the plaintiff into going out on a date with him."
In addition to naming Officer Chris C. as a defendant, the civil suit also names both the village of Stickney and the Stickney Police Chief, and seeks unspecified damages.
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This post was provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice. Names have been withheld to protect the identity of the parties.
USA Today, "Woman sues cop for ticketing her -- then asking her out" Jan. 5, 2012
The New York Daily News, "Suit: Cop used ticket to try for date" Jan. 4, 2012