Jersey City, NJ – A well-known community activist allegedly caught driving drunk on Tuesday threatened to sick the mayor and the police chief on the arresting officer.
Pamela Johnson, 45, was stopped by police for speeding at about 9:45 p.m. on May 14 at the intersection of Union Street and Arlington Avenues, The Jersey Journal reported.
The police report said that when Johnson got out of her vehicle, the officer detected the odor of alcohol.
It also said Johnson’s speech was slurred, The Jersey Journal reported.
Johnson began using her cell phone and the officer told her to stop, but Johnson refused to comply with the order.
Instead, she informed the officer that she was friends with Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop and Jersey City Police Chief Michael Kelly, according to the police report.
The police report said Johnson told the officer she would call Chief Kelly and have him disciplined.
She also told the officer she would never forget him and would come after him and his officials, including specifically South District Commander Captain Peter Veltre, the report said.
When the officer tried to take Johnson into custody, she resisted by pulling away and shoving the officer’s hands off of her, so he took her to the ground to get her into handcuffs, the police report said.
The Jersey Journal reported that a spokeswoman for the Jersey City Police Department said that Johnson was arrested and charged with the criminal offenses of resisting arrest and making threats or other improper influence.
The criminal complaint said that Johnson knowingly threatened or attempted to influence an official by threatening harm to the arresting officer with the purpose of influencing the officer’s decision.
The police spokeswoman said Johnson was also cited for motor vehicle violations including driving while intoxicated, refusing to take a breathalyzer test, and driving while suspended, according to The Jersey Journal.
Johnson is a well-known anti-violence activist who was a member of the police department’s Public Safety Citizen Advisory Review Board in 2017.
The Jersey City City Council named Johnson a Woman of Action in 2016, The Jersey Journal reported.