Cops: Man swipes officer's ticket book

A construction worker from Wainscott was arrested and charged with obstructing governmental administration after Southampton Town police said he grabbed a ticket book from a female traffic control officer preparing to issue a summons Wednesday at a site in Watermill.

Michael Kelley, 59, was charged with second-degree obstruction after the run-in with the Southampton Town police traffic control officer -- a run-in at about 12:15 p.m. on Dune Road, police said.

Police said that the officer was on patrol when she "observed several cars illegally parked along the roadway."

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As the officer approached the cars, police said Kelley approached her "from behind" and yelled at her: "You're not going to be writing any tickets today." Police said Kelley cursed at the officer, then grabbed her ticket book from her hand -- and threw it.

Kelley was released on $250 bail and police said he faces arraignment at a later date.

The officer, whose identity was not released, was uninjured.

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