Krista McNallyDec 5, 2017, 8:56 pmDec 6, 2017, 12:04 pm

Woman caught smoking pot in Northport police chief’s parking spot, officials say

She was on her way to court for a summons on a marijuana charge


NORTHPORT— A woman that was on her way to court for unlawful possession of marijuana was allegedly caught smoking pot while parked in a Long Island police chief’s reserved space.

Arielle Bonnici, 26, allegedly sped past police while talking on the phone to park her car in Northport Police Chief Bill Ricca’s parking spot.

"She decides to pull into one of the police spots, which was actually the one reserved for me," Chief Ricca said.

Chief Ricca said that when police approached her to tell her she was in a designated spot she rolled down the window and a cloud of marijuana smoke came out.

"I imagine it was like the movie 'Cheech and Chong' when the van windows opened up," Chief Ricca said.

Bonnici was then given a ticket for unlawful possession of marijuana and for using her cell phone.

"The officers issued her another appearance ticket instead of an arrest and directed her to come into court where she was headed in the first place to see the judge," Ricca said.

Police say they got a laugh out of this unusual case.

"I got a little chuckle out of it and shook my head and said, ‘Man, you just can't make this stuff up,’" Ricci said.

Bonnici is due back in court on Jan. 29.

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