The Massachusetts attorney general is probing an alleged road-rage incident involving Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins, who is accused of threatening to write a woman a ticket in a parking lot.
Two sources close to the matter told the Boston Globe Thursday that Attorney General Maura Healey has launched a review into the Christmas Eve incident at Boston’s South Bay Shopping Center.
The other driver, Katie Lawson, told Boston police of the “very disturbing” standoff with Rollins as they both tried to exit the shopping center in the city’s Dorchester section.
“During this encounter I asked DA Rollins to ‘just go’ several times and she did not,” Lawson wrote in a complaint. “Apparently when she felt like she had done enough or said what she felt like, she then went right back to her [cellphone] call.”
Lawson told police she was trying to merge into traffic in front of Rollins’ black Chevy Tahoe when the district attorney rolled down her window and said: “You don’t want to try me today lady, you really don’t.”
Rollins proceeded to move her car away from Lawson’s before the district attorney threatened to write the woman a ticket and put on her blue emergency lights and siren, Lawson told police.
Rollins then drove out of the parking lot after Lawson asked her fiancé to take a photo of the Tahoe’s license plate, the woman recalled. The SUV was issued to the district attorney’s office, the Globe reported.
A message seeking comment from Rollins’ office was not immediately returned early Friday, but she denied threatening Lawson or activating her emergency lights during an interview with a Boston radio station on Saturday.
“I apparently spend my time patrolling the South Bay Mall with my lights and sirens on,” Rollins told Howie Carr. “Have you ever been? It is a haven for emotionally disturbed people and people with substance abuse disorder. I made the bad mistake of going to Stop & Shop that day.”
Lawson, meanwhile, said she believed Rollins was a cop during the alleged road-rage incident.
“I 1,000 percent that she was a police officer because the only person I know that can write you a ticket is an actual police officer,” Lawson told WFXT. “So she implied, in my opinion, she implied that she was a police officer. I thought she was a police officer. That’s why I called the police department.”
Massachusetts AG probing road-rage allegations against DA Rachael Rollins The British Journal Editors and Wire Services/ New York Post.