Dr. Rachel Wellner, a former Bronx cancer surgeon, returned seconds later to discover two New York Police Officers handing her a citation after unlawfully parking in a crosswalk to dash inside the Vitamin Shoppe at the junction of Eighth Avenue and 55th Street. She is the hero – the cops aren’t, Wellner reportedly told the cops. According to the authorities, she then stated that she had lives to rescue and that they should let her go without a ticket.
But Wellner was lying. In reality, she was driving home from work, seemingly hoping to escape a penalty. When her excuse failed to stop cops from issuing the citation, she apparently exploded. Wellner, according to authorities, got aggressive and tried to flee in her vehicle. Things took a turn for the worst when they sought to arrest her.
Wellner screamed that the cops were torturing her and broke free before rushing into her Volvo. The doctor then shifted into drive and slammed on the brakes, injuring one of the policemen in the legs.
Wellner was captured and jailed a few streets away on accusations of resisting arrest and reckless endangerment. She entered a guilty plea, reducing her accusations to one count of disorderly conduct. But, that was not the only smack in the face the police received as a result of their encounter with Wellner.
Despite the fact that Wellner was finally sentenced to two years of conditional release and only 10 days of community service, she would soon be receiving a large sum of money. The doctor sued the authorities, alleging them of using excessive force during her attempted arrest and demanded a $30 million payment. The jury decided with Wellner but decided on a sizable $1.2-million settlement.
Wellner disputed any allegations that she was confrontational or made disparaging remarks about police officers. She even alleges to have informed the police that they are the actual heroes.
Wellner argues that the arresting officer attacked her and used excessive force. She further claims that she just hopped into her car and sped up, striking the police, as she was afraid for her life.
Wellner sobbed as she described how she was sacked from her position at the Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care. She also expressed her fear of leaving her $4,500-per-month apartment. She is currently a semi-autobiographical erotic writer, stand-up comedian, and writer of children’s books.
Wellner maintains that she did nothing illegal that day and that the cops are to fault. She claims that due to their excessive force, they worsened the situation and forced her to escape for her life.
Wellner will earn a large compensation regardless of the facts, all due to her being eager to find a suitable parking place. What is an incentive to break traffic rules, disregard police officials, defy arrest, and escape the scene if not that?
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