Woman Goes to Pay Marijuana Ticket—Does so in Worst Possible Way

December 6, 2017 Updated: October 5, 2018

“You can’t make this stuff up,” said Northport Police Chief Bill Ricca commenting on a pileup of bad decisions made by a certain Arielle Bonnici, 26, of Huntington, New York.

The Village Hall building which houses the Village Justice Court and the Northport Police Department in Northport, New York. (Screenshot via Google Street View)

On the evening of Monday, Dec. 4, Bonnici went to pay her ticket for illegal marijuana possession. While pulling into the parking lot of the Village Justice Court, which shares premises with the Northport Police Department, an officer noticed her cutting off an unmarked police car while on her phone, the police stated in a release.

Strike one.

The parking lot by the Village Hall building which houses the Village Justice Court and the Northport Police Department in Northport, New York. (Screenshot via Google Street View)

She then drove her Jeep into the area designated for police vehicles only and parked in a marked spot reserved for the police chief.

Strike two.

When officers approached her car, she rolled down her window and a cloud of marijuana smoke billowed out at the officers. “They then observed her to be in possession of marihuana and a pipe containing marihuana,” the department stated.

Strike three.

The Northport Police Department in Northport, N.Y. (Screenshot via Google Maps)

In addition to her May 11 ticket, Bonnici was issued another ticket for marijuana possession and also a traffic ticket for using a cellphone while driving. She was then directed inside to the courtroom to be arraigned on her new charge and to answer the old one. The court adjourned both cases until Jan. 29, 2018.

Press Release !!! Arrest for Unlawful Possession of Marihuana subject found parked in the Chief of Police Parking spot. See story below!!! At 5:56 pm on December 4, 2017 Arielle Bonnici, 26 years old, of Virginia Avenue, Huntington, NY was operating a 2001 Jeep on her way to the Northport Village Justice Court to answer a summons issued to her on May 11, 2107 for Unlawful Possession of Marihuana. Ms. Bonnici pulled into the rear parking lot of the building housing the Police department and while doing so she cut off an unmarked police carand was observed to be on a cell phone at the time. Ms. Bonnici then drove into the area designated for police vehicles only and decided to park in the spot reserved for the Chief of Police. When the officers approached her car which was still parked the Police Chief’s spot, she rolled down her window and they were met with a cloud of marihuana smoke. They then observed her to be in possession of marihuana and a pipe containing marihuana. When Chief of Police Bill Ricca was told of the incident he simply stated; “You can’t make this stuff up”.

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