Fairfax County tickets cars while they wait for inspection for not having an inspection. This habit is pretty much like shooting fish in a barrel.
According to the Washington Post (Tom Jackman):
Bruce Redwine had seen enough. After years of watching a Fairfax County parking enforcement officer slap tickets on his customers’ cars for expired tags or inspection stickers, usually as the cars were awaiting state inspection or repair at his Chantilly shop, he snatched the latest ticket out of Officer Jacquelyn D. Hogue’s hand and added some profane commentary on top.
Hogue responded by having Redwine arrested for felony assault on a police officer, though she is not a police officer. And when the case first went to court, a Fairfax judge sentenced Redwine to four days in jail.
Redwine appealed, got a jury trial last month and was acquitted within minutes. But the bitterness he feels at having to spend thousands of dollars in legal fees, plus being booked, fingerprinted and photographed at the county jail, with no prior record, is shared by numerous fellow auto repair operators at the Mariah Business Center on Sullyfield Circle off Route 28.
They don’t understand why Fairfax police have zealously sought to enforce laws on expired tags or inspections, mainly on drivers who are making the effort to get their cars into compliance, while on private property. Hogue’s appearance in the industrial park often set off a scramble to hide customers’ cars inside the shops, the shop owners said.
“They’re harassing the small businesses trying to make it in this tough economy,” said Ray Barrera of A&H Equipment Repair. He estimated that his customers’ vehicles had been hit with $60,000 worth of fines and fees over the past six years.
The offending officer is parking enforcement Officer Jacqueline Hogue who we might note is not a LEO, she is parking enforcement. Some folks might call her a meter maid. Others might call her even worse.
At best this “enforcement” constitutes harassment of both business owners and their customers. It is akin to shooting fish in a barrel since the customers must have inspections and they must have inspections at authorized shops. This same meter maid would be the type to go sit at the bar with the customers, follow them out to their car and arrest them for DWI when they started their engines.
Fairfax County needs to expunge Mr. Redwines’s records, reimburse him for his legal fees, and fire “Officer” Hogue. She is a bully and basically lazy. Shame, shame, shame on Fairfax County. Bet Chief Hudson (chief, PWC) wouldn’t allow this nonsense to happen on his watch.
Suggestion: read the entire link….it will make you have steam coming out of your ears. Definitely overkill and police over-reach.