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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."

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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