'Granny': Mendham Township Cop Mistreated Me
Pulled over for driving too slow, 'full-time grandmother' was tested for DWI.
According to 70-year-old Nancy Meyer, the Mendham Township Police were overly aggressive, lacking compassion and showed her “no humanity” in a traffic stop that ended with a breathalyzer test on May 31.
In a complaint made to the Mendham Township Committee Tuesday night, Meyer and her husband, Bob, residents of Lebanon Township, said they were there to “let the people of this town know this is how they treat people.”
Meyer told the committee she is a “professional granny” who commutes 500 miles a week to take care of her grandchildren. She said she drives slowly and carefully not only because she has family in the car often, but because it is better for the environment.
“I was surprised when I was pulled over,” Meyer said. “I had waited to make my slow start off of Tingley Road on Route 24.”
Meyer claimed Officer Matthew Ambrosi informed her she was traveling more than 15 miles under the posted speed limit.
“I said to him, ’I’m driving a Prius and I get 53 miles to the gallon,’” Meyer said.
It was then that Meyer stated she was told to get out of the car.
“I was brought to the front of my car, like a criminal, and asked if I had been drinking,” Meyer said. “His tone was not polite or respectful.”
At that point, Meyer said she was given a list of commands as part of a field sobriety test, which she said she performed to satisfaction, but she said the officers at the scene told her they could smell alcohol on her.
“I told them if they could smell the cocktail I had for dinner they should be able to smell the garlic, salmon and strawberries I had as well,” Meyer said.
Meyer agreed to a Breathalyzer test hoping it would “end it,” and according to her, it did. After the test showed she was not intoxicated, Meyers said she was told to return to return to her car.
“No explanation. No apology. I am a respectable senior citizen and I did nothing that warranted his attitude and disrespect. I did nothing to even deserve the stop,” Meyer said. “This has affected my sleep.”
Meyer was unable to speak with Police Chief Steve Crawford to follow up on the incident and has pressed for an internal affairs investigation while she waits on a copy of the tape of her traffic stop.
“I know this is very difficult for you, and I am going to ask the police committee to look into this,” Mendham Township Mayor Sam Tolley said.
Crawford could not comment as Attorney General guidelines for Internal Affairs investigations prohibit it until an outcome is reached.
For her part, Meyer said things could have been different.
“I wouldn’t have minded the stop if he had been a gentleman and treated me with humanity,” Meyer said. “He robbed me of the faith I had of everyone in a blue uniform.”