NJ Police Chief Orders Parking Ticket for Wife

By Katy Tur
|  Friday, Sep 30, 2011  |  Updated 4:04 PM EDT
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Lodi, N.J. Police Chief Vincent Caruso already knows he's in hot water with his wife: he had an officer write her a ticket when she double-parked in front of their son's school. Katy Tur reports.

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Lodi, N.J. Police Chief Vincent Caruso already knows he's in hot water with his wife: he had an officer write her a ticket when she double-parked in front of their son's school. Katy Tur reports.

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A New Jersey police chief says no one is above the law, not even his wife.

Lodi Police Chief Vincent Caruso ordered an officer to ticket his wife after she double-parked while dropping off their 5-year-old son at school.

And now, he says, he's probably sleeping on the couch.

He told NBC New York his wife Paula and a number of other parents double-parked their cars Tuesday in front of Washington Elementary School while they walked their kids to the font door.

"Yes, it's only a parking ticket, but it still sends a message about myself, my family, the community, the department, that we just want to do the right thing," Caruso said.

He paid the $54 ticket.

Now, Caruso can't get away from his honest and noble deed. The many-medaled and awarded officer has become a media darling for a public stunned at the notion that no one really is above the law -- even when you're married to it.

"She's a little mad," Caruso admitted. "Embarrassed about all this media coverage about it." 

But Caruso's colleague in the police department, Capt. Ernest Iodaci, said he wasn't worried for the chief.

"The chief is a very good guy," Iodaci said. "I think his wife is very forgiving, so he'll be fine."

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