Today’s installment brings you exclusive exclusive footage of the April 22, 2019 arrest of Bedford Town Justice Erik Jacobsen in Westchester, New York.
Just after midnight on April 22, 2019 Bedford Town Justice Erik P. Jacobsen, 54, was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated and resisting arrest. At 11:54 pm a motorist had called the county police to report that a silver Mercedes was being driven erratically on the Saw Mill River Parkway in Mount Kisco, New York. Officer Mathieu Ricozzi and Officer Ahmed Bitawi were assigned the call and quickly located the vehicle, following and observing it after they spotted the SUV exiting onto SR-133.
Both officers observed the Mercedes SUV repeatedly swerve in-and-out of its lane, crossing over into oncoming traffic multiple times. Upon reaching a red light, the Mercedes failed to stop in time, ultimately coming to a rest in the intersection, on the extension of a left-turn-only lane, well over the crosswalk and parked under the red traffic light. When the light turned green, the SUV pulled out of the left-turn-only lane and continued straight.
Following these observations, officers initiated a vehicle stop. It is the footage from that stop which you are seeing in this video. It has never been published elsewhere, and it speaks for itself.
Jacobsen was charged with DWI (1st offense), resisting arrest, violating a red light, and failure to maintain a lane. He was released on a mandatory appearance ticket for the village of Mount Kisco Court.
On May 22, 2019 the supervising district judge ordered that Jacobsen’s case be transferred from Mount Kisco to the City Court of Rye, as the judges in Mount Kisco could not preside due to conflicts of interest. On June 4, 2019 Jacobsen’s first appearance arraignment was held in Rye, and he entered a plea of not guilty on all four counts.
Jacobsen’s license was suspended pending prosecution, however, he was granted a hardship license that allows him to drive to and from work. It is not clear what purpose that license serves, considering that Jacobsen has been indefinitely relieved of all his judicial duties and has been banned from all non-public areas of his former courthouse. Next appearance in Jacobsen’s case is scheduled for July 30, 2019.
*Note: I am publishing this footage now because you deserve to see it, but my investigation into this incident is not yet complete. That is why I am not reporting the results of Jacobsen’s blood test. Frankly, I am not sure that I understand what I am reading and I don’t want to misinform you. I have already reached out to Jacobsen’s attorney as well as the Westchester County District Attorney’s office. Once I know what I am looking at I will update this story with the information and will post the complete case file for Patreon supporters. (Thank you!) Believe me, it’s frustrating to not be able to report on such a key detail. But it’s more important to me that I get it right.
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