Mount Laurel, NJ – Body-cam video was released on Friday, September 15, that shows the interaction between New Jersey Assemblywoman Maria Rodriguez-Gregg during a fender-bender investigation by New Jersey police officers.
The incident occurred on April 28, and Rodriguez-Gregg, age 35, was charged with DWI, reckless driving, and obstruction of justice, according to NJ1015.
Two officers responded to investigate the traffic crash, and approached Rodriguez-Gregg’s car. Both said they smelled marijuana, after walking away from her vehicle. She refused to answer one officer’s questions, and went into a profanity-laced tirade against the driver of the other vehicle.
When the officers told Rodriguez-Gregg that they had smelled marijuana coming from her vehicle, she said, “Oh my God. There’s no marijuana in my car. I smoked cigars earlier [..] in Morristown. But there’s no marijuana.” She then told them that they could search her car.
The officers asked Rodriguez-Gregg if they could search her vehicle, and she retracted the consent. The officers said that they were going to search her vehicle based on the odor of marijuana in the car.
She asked the officers if they knew who she was. They said no, and she said that she was a “sitting assemblywoman.”
She said, “I got rear-ended and you guys are treating me like I’m the fucking a**hole. You’re dealing with a sitting assemblywoman. Everyone’s going to hear about this shit.”
Rodriguez-Gregg continued and said, “Are you serious right now? I’m a sitting assemblywoman. Do you think I’m f***ing smoking cigars — oh, I’m sorry – smoking marijuana at this time of night? I’m calling my lawyer. Is that what they said? These people who fucking rear-ended me?”
The officer responded “Not at all.” Rodriguez-Gregg then said “That’s bullshit!”
She then appeared to become angrier as she was asked to step out of her vehicle and she refused several times before finally complying.
Once she stepped out, a officer smelled the odor of alcohol, prompting him to ask if she had been drinking. She continued to act belligerent.
Rodriguez-Gregg refused a sobriety text, and said that she didn’t “trust officers.”
In another profanity-laced tirade against the officers, Rodriguez-Gregg can be seen standing in the middle of the street, and apparently talking with her attorney on the phone, when she said, “I’m being harassed by the police. I have done nothing but support the police. I have been your No. 1 supporter politically. Fucking assholes!”
No marijuana was found in Rodriguez-Gregg’s car. A blood test showed that she had alcohol in her system, but did not have marijuana.
In 2014, she became the first Hispanic to be elected as a Republican to the state assembly. In August, 2017, Rodriguez-Gregg said that she would not seek re-election, but that her decision had nothing to do with this incident.
Rodriguez-Gregg had no public comment. Her attorney said “police overreacted” and said that no marijuana was detected in her system. The attorney said that she did have alcohol in her system, but that the amount was “borderline.”
Although it’s not clear if Rodriguez-Gregg’s blood was above the legal limit, because her lawyer is attempting to have the blood results sealed, his “borderline” comment appears to be minimizing the blood alcohol results.
You can see the video of the incident below. Note: In the video below, the first 7 minutes have been cut out because it’s a lot slower. If you’d like to see the entire 12 minute video then you can see it at this link.