FERNDALE, Mich. – Ferndale police Chief Timothy Collins is defending his action of not ticketing a driver who blew twice the legal limit.
The chief said the fact that the woman's son was a police officer did not play into his decision. Other factors led to the decision, he said.
The arrest was captured on video, and it took the Local 4 Defenders some effort to obtain that video. At first the Ferndale Police Department said the video did not exist. A Freedom of Information Act request was denied by the department. However, after persistence from the Defenders, the chief said he found the video in question.
Watch the video here:
This video shows a traffic stop back in April of 2016. Chief Collins pulled over a 70-year-old woman after she rolled past a stop sign. The driver shared some information with him:
"My son is a police officer," she said.
Collins: "OK. Where does he work?"