LAWRENCE, Mass. — A motorist who cut off an unmarked police cruiser in traffic, a maneuver that led to a charge of illegal possession of marijuana, asked if his arrest would imperil any future in law enforcement.
"Is this gonna hurt my chances of being a copy?" asked James Acosta, 22, of Lawrence, Mass., according to arresting officer Gary Yancey.
Yancey said he was on patrol in an unmarked 2003 Crown Victoria when Acosta, driving a 2003 white Dodge minivan, abruptly cut in front of the officer's car to jump a line of traffic.
After he was pulled over, Yancey quoted Acosta as saying, "My bad officr. I was just trying to scare you. I didn't know you were a cop."
At his booking on driving to endanger, Acosta told police he had "two bags of weed" on the floor of his minivan. Yancey said the marijuana was packaged for distribution.
Details for this story were provided by The Eagle-Tribune, North Andover, Mass.