The Chief

August 4, 2000


PBA President Helps Cops In Tunnel Collar

By William Van Auken

Commuting from his Queens home to the downtown Manhattan offices of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association July 28, the union's president, Patrick J. Lynch, got a chance to do some police work.

Stopped at a toll booth at the Queens-Midtown Tunnel, Mr. Lynch got in a conversation with a Bridge and Tunnel Officer who told him that his partners had just arrested a suspected car thief.

Watched Him Take Off

Looking over at the lane where the suspect was being handcuffed, Mr. Lynch saw the man bolt and try to escape by running across the toll plaza.

He "made a U-turn, cutting the man off and stopping him in his tracks," according to a statement issued by the Bridge and Tunnel Officers' Benevolent Association. Bridge and Tunnel Officer Renaldo Weekes then made the arrest.

The suspect, Edwin Tariera, was charged with criminal impersonation, resisting arrest, operating a vehicle with a suspended license as well as various motor vehicle violations. He had drawn officers' attention by driving alone in the car-pool lane.

"I was in the right place at the right time and was able to help," said Mr. Lynch.

Asked if his actions served as an argument for PBA-backed legislation calling for the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority to establish a no-toll policy for city cops, Mr. Lynch laughed, "That's exactly right, it's a perfect example."