Police: Woman given break on ticket, lied about cop drawing gun (VIDEO)
After being given a break by a Pequannock Township police officer during a traffic stop, an Irvington woman filed a report against the cop, claiming he pointed his weapon at her.
Hyacinth Peccoo, 50, was pulled over on Oct. 28 for failing to stop at a stop sign, according to police. Instead being issued a ticket for the violation, the officer instead gave her a $26, no-point summons for having an improper address on her driver's license, according to Capt. Christopher DePuyt said.
When she went to police headquarters to pay the ticket, however, she met with Det. Lt. Michael Fairweather, stating that during the traffic stop, the officer yelled at her, and pointed his firearm at her, DePuyt said. Her accusation led to an internal affairs investigation by the Pequannock Township Police Department, he said.
Peccoo's statement was recorded on audio and video.
"She said that she felt in fear for her life," Puyt said.
But when police showed her the six-minute dashcam video of the traffic stop, she ultimately confessed that her previous statement was false, he said.
"We showed her the video and she admitted that none of this happened," DePuyt said.
The video shows Peccoo running the stop sign. It also shows the patrolman approaching her car, but speaking to her calmly. No weapon was drawn.
According to DePuyt, Peccoo was charged with making a false report to law enforcement.
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