Ex-Monserrate Aide Accused of Cussing Out Cop

Wednesday, May 5, 2010  |  Updated 9:45 AM EDT
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A former aide to disgraced ex-Sen. Hiram Mon serrate reportedly hurled foul language at an NYPD officer, flashing a fake police placard to try to get out out of a traffic arrest, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Wayne Mahlke, 48,  was charged with failing to obey a police officer and possessing a forged police placard. He also did not have a valid driver's license, police said.

He is also accused of using some foul language after he was stopped at a red light near the Queensboro Bridge by Officer Denise McDonald.

"Why don't you do your job, you fat (epithet),"  he reportedly shouted at the officer, according to a news release from the Queens district attorney's office.

The verbal lashing happened after the 19-year NYPD veteran asked for his license. Mahlke tried to maneuver his 2009 Honda Civic past her but she stopped him by stepping in front of his car, prosecutors said.

Mahlke then pulled out an official state Senate business placard and a forged police placard, prosecutors said.

"You don't know who I am,"he reportedly told her. "I'm higher ranking than you. I work for Mayor Bloomberg."

Mahlke, who lives in Elmhurst, later fessed up during his arrest to being unemployed since his former boss was ousted from the state Senate in February - and rejected by voters a month later.

Mahlke faces seven years in prison if convicted on a series of charges.

“While this matter does not rise to the level of most typical road rage incidents,” the Queens district attorney, Richard A. Brown, said in a statement, “the defendant, as a former public servant himself, should have known better than to demean a police officer in the performance of her duties or to be in possession of forged parking placard.”

In 2005, Mahlke accused state Sen. Ada Smith of firing him because he's gay and for making racist remarks.
 

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