'I'm The Hero,' Doctor Sues NYPD After She's Accused Of Hitting Cop With Her Car

"I'm the hero - the cops are not," Rachel Wellner allegedly told the officers.

Manhattan, NY – The former Bronx cancer surgeon who allegedly told police she was the real “hero” before hitting a New York City police officer with her car in 2016 is moving forward with her $30 million civil rights violation lawsuit against the department.

“I’m the hero – the cops are not,” Rachel Wellner allegedly told the officers before she allegedly ran into New York Police Officer Niguel Vega’s legs with her Volvo, the New York Post reported.

The incident occurred at approximately 9:45 a.m. on Feb. 18, 2016, near the intersection of Eighth Avenue and 55th Street, according to the New York Post.

Wellner, who was on her way home from work, pulled her vehicle to the curb so she could run in to the Vitamin Shoppe.

She left her vehicle blocking a crosswalk, and was met by two New York Police Department (NYPD) officers when she returned to her car.

That’s when she learned that she was receiving a parking citation.

“I’m a doctor,” she said dismissively, according to police. “I have patients that are dying. I have to go.”

She became even more irate as the confrontation continued.

“I’m the hero – the cops are not,” Wellner declared, according to the officers. “I don’t accept the summons.”

“All women who are cops are d--es,” she added at one point, police said.

By the time officers went to take the Ivy League-educated surgeon into custody, she was already sitting in the driver’s seat of her vehicle.

“Help! Police are assaulting me!” she began wailing.

She then hit the accelerator, and struck Officer Vega in his legs.

Wellner was originally arrested on charges of resisting arrest and reckless endangerment, but later pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct.

She was sentenced to two years of conditional discharge, and was given 10 days of community service.

Wellner was also fired from her prestigious position as the senior breast surgeon at Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care.

She denied having made the “hero” comment, and claimed that she only tried to flee the scene because she was in fear for her life.

According to Wellner, the incident escalated after she asked the officer who was writing her a ticket to hurry up, so she could get back to her patients – even though she was actually on her way home.

She said the officer asked her if she was “some sort of hero or something.”

“No, I don’t consider my self a hero,” she claimed to have responded. “You guys are heroes. But I do have patient emergencies.”

Wellner alleged that one of the officers then “cocked his arm back and punched me with all his might in my chest.”

“He grabbed me right along my rib cage, by the breasts, and started squeezing my body as hard as he could,” she claimed, according to the New York Post.

Wellner said she panicked and hit the accelerator, and denied having ever struck Officer Vegas with her car.

Police apprehended her at gunpoint approximately two blocks away.

“My whole life has been robbed — my job, my passion, my patients, my future, my reputation,” Wellner bawled during an interview with the New York Post. “All over a parking ticket. A parking ticket that escalated into physical violence, through no fault of my own.”

She claimed that the officers were the ones responsible for what occurred.

“Here I was, trying to defuse a situation, offering to move the car, apologizing,” Wellner complained. “I got the feeling I was being pre-judged. The optic was, ‘Here is a doctor who thinks she can do anything she wants.’”

Her attorney, Jon Norinsberg, alleged that the officers outright lied about what occurred during their contact with Wellner.

“The officers’ lies have permanently destroyed Dr. Wellner’s career and reputation,” he said.

“I definitely didn’t hit a police officer,” Wellner added.

Wellner claimed that the incident left her with post-traumatic stress disorder, and that she contemplated suicide due to feeling humiliated.

She said she could barely leave her $4,500-per-month apartment, and that she was too afraid to drive.

Wellner applied for a dozen different positions in five states, but everyone refused to hire her after they “Googled” her, she said.

A Manhattan federal court jury began hearing her case this week, the New York Post reported.

New York City Law Department Attorney Hannah Faddis told the court that Wellner parked across both the crosswalk and a bike lane while she ran in to the store that day, and said that the doctor lied when she told police she was in a rush to get back to work.

“She was going home,” Faddis told the jury. “She just didn’t want to be inconvenienced.”

After she was taken into custody, police allowed Wellner to use her cell phone so she could call her employer, Faddis added.

Instead, Wellner called a reporter at the New York Post.

Since being fired from her job, Wellner co-wrote a movie script about her days of partying as a Dartmouth College undergrad, The New York Post reported.

She’s also penned a semi-autobiographical erotic novel, began a series of children’s books about a kangaroo, and started performing as a stand-up comedian.

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ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

"According to Wellner, the incident escalated after she asked the officer who was writing her a ticket to hurry up, so she could get back to her patients – even though she was actually on her way home." - so she's so important that nothing should ever be done to her, because she is so much better than everyone else and the laws do not apply to her. Well, guess what, sweetheart - the laws are for all of us to obey.

Daughter
Daughter

Must not be a very good Dr. if she needs more money. Shame on you!!!!!

phinum
phinum

Thank God this happened. She is obviously unstable and needs mental help. This situation removed her from the medical community before she could do real harm.

186
186

Future Dem Congresswoman from New York

phinum
phinum

THANK YOU OFFICERS FOR WHAT YOU DO. YOU PROTECT US, YET HAVE TO ENDURE THE WORST OF SMEARS AGAINST YOU. BODY CAMS ARE THE BEST TOOL EVER.

JBo
JBo

She had "patients that are dying" so she had to stop off and get emergency vitamins?

Officer Cynical
Officer Cynical

"...she only tried to flee the scene because she was in fear for her life."

Yes, cops kill people daily with their parking citation books. JFC.

SaltySarge450
SaltySarge450

I’ve seen to many incidents involving a parking ticket escalate to a LEOKA.

tom1961
tom1961

Wow! Lady, you should have just paid the ticket. Like a sane person would have done. If you thought you were in the right you tell a judge, you don't abuse the cops on the street. And really? You went into a vitamin store, not into a hospital or someplace where some one needed a doctor right away. Thank God you lost your job, now I don't have to worry that I might be treated by your dumbass.

trainbuff
trainbuff

I was kind of wondering about her gift of imagination when she described how the officer grabbed her.

How you spin this into an autobiographical semi-erotic novel and then into a children's book, only an insane mind like hers could.

BLULIVESALWAYSMATTER
BLULIVESALWAYSMATTER

Another narcissistic liberal idiot! Guess what bitch parking laws are for you too. I'm glad she lost her job because her attitude as a person sucks! Hopefully she will not win this frivolous phony bulshit lawsuit

LEO0301
LEO0301

I had a similar incident with an ER doctor over a traffic ticket. She told me that I better hope she never has to treat me for anything. Classy!

charlesjandecka
charlesjandecka

Is the former prestigious breast cancer physician aware that her apparently large breasts seem to dominate her sternum/ribs? And does she realize when an officer is forced to make physical contact to affect an arrest ... contact in such areas is going to happen? Sort of makes one wonder what kind of a breast cancer quack she really might have been!

charlesjandecka
charlesjandecka

Doctors & nurses, both groups can cut you bad when enforcing parking & traffic laws. And a third ... firemen. I know these things!

stumpknocker777
stumpknocker777

Beacoup dinky dau - barkin moonbatshit crazy...

BatCrapCrazy
BatCrapCrazy

Obviously she's a moron but why were they taking her in to custody for being a mouthy moron? The story leaves a big blank.

61mouse
61mouse

She realizes she is white right ?

Achmsons
Achmsons

Bitch crazy

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

So she parks In crosswalk to get vitamins... Then when cops write her a ticket, she tries to diffuse the situation by offering to move her car? Sure, you can move your car lady, once the citation is issued...

Are their body cams recordings or security footage of this incident? Because I don't believe her version of the story for an instant. Although I don't doubt that because of her actions involving a parking ticket, no potential employer wants to touch her with a 20 foot pole.

Kma609
Kma609

Obviously, she is batshit crazy!

LAHeat875
LAHeat875

Typical entitled you know what! Gee lady, was it worth your job? I bet the hospital was glad they found a reason to dump her - she probably acted like that at work as well. god complex- that’s right, small “g”.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

Obviously she is not nearly as valuable to society as she thinks she is. When you play stupid games you win stupid prizes! Some real psychiatric care is warranted here. Anyone can sue anyone for anything, be it real or imagined. All it takes is a hungry lawyer and paying a filing fee.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

"My whole life has been robbed — my job, my passion, my patients, my future, my reputation,” Wellner bawled during an interview with the New York Post. “All over a parking ticket. A parking ticket that escalated into physical violence, through no fault of my own.”

This woman has lost all touch with any reality. I have noticed over my lifetime that when a person has reached a high level position in society, makes an abundance of money , and is reinforced for doing so, then the person develops a "holier than thou" ,"don't you know who I am?" egotistical attitude. An attitude where all laws are for pedestrian citizens but not for her. They will always find a way to justify their actions no matter how obviously unlawful. No one really thinks for one moment that this was her first situation where she abused the law. The is a very high likelihood of her getting away with these behaviors for years, even decades. Many times they do get away with their actions due to good lawyers or passive judges, or just more attitude. It is refreshing when they don't , the ego balloon deflates and they are taken back down to earth. No sympathies at all and happy to see Karma finally kicking her ass.

Proleoandlaw
Proleoandlaw

She probably has this attitude everywhere, including at work. I think this was the last straw for the hospital and made their decision to let her go easier. I'm sure she knows that. I'm sure, IF, huge IF, she wins that lawsuit, she will file wrongful termination charges against the hospital.

Woobie46
Woobie46

I sincerely hope, more than I can express, that the cops SUE HER ASS OFF. I'd love to believe that the horrors in her life have just begun. I'd love to believe that this low life entitled bitch gets what she so richly deserves...hell on earth.