Seimone Augustus blasts Roseville PD after air freshener traffic stop
Even two-time Olympic champions aren't above Roseville's air freshener law.
Lynx star Seimone Augustus claimed it ruined her Western Conference championship celebration. That seems a bit melodramatic, but still, you'd hope Roseville police officers have better things to do.
Yesterday morning, Augustus was pulled over near the Rosedale Mall for the heinous crime of having an air freshener suspended from her rear-view mirror. She then took to Twitter to blast the Roseville PD and the arresting officer, alleging he acted unprofessionally during the traffic stop.
Here's a timeline of Augustus' tweets:
Thank you Officer W. Chau #155 roseville police for ruining my day off and western conference champion celebration,-- Seimone Augustus (@seimoneaugustus) October 8, 2012
Supposedly he stop me for an air freshner hanging in my window, but then went on talking about theft at the mall-- Seimone Augustus (@seimoneaugustus) October 8, 2012
And the fact that my car was at the mall with out of town plates, WTH I thought this was a free country!-- Seimone Augustus (@seimoneaugustus) October 8, 2012
I didn't know you can only drive minnesota cars to a minnesota mall and if not you must be stealing or doing something illegal.-- Seimone Augustus (@seimoneaugustus) October 8, 2012
He made at @monnie22 cut her phone off, and then when asked for his info, he got crazy-- Seimone Augustus (@seimoneaugustus) October 8, 2012
Said he would write a ticket for the car freshner if I reported it! WOW! Well...-- Seimone Augustus (@seimoneaugustus) October 8, 2012
So my air freshner allowed shoplifters to have a field day at the mall this morning! Officer W. Chau #155 said he wanted to do a great job!-- Seimone Augustus (@seimoneaugustus) October 8, 2012
Well.... You did an awesome job! Keep up the great work! Oh and by the way he did know who I was he said it I didn't even mention it!-- Seimone Augustus (@seimoneaugustus) October 8, 2012
Also told me good luck on the game!-- Seimone Augustus (@seimoneaugustus) October 8, 2012
Well aint that about a B***H!!!!!!-- Seimone Augustus (@seimoneaugustus) October 8, 2012
Later in the day, the Roseville PD released a statement addressing the incident:
At approximately 10:30 a.m. today (Monday, Oct. 8), an officer of the Roseville Police Department stopped a vehicle for having a suspended object between the driver and the windshield on Fairview Avenue at Highway 36. The driver of this vehicle was identified by a Louisiana photo driver's license as Seimone Augustus. During the course of this traffic stop, the officer talked with the driver about the violation, questioned Augustus about her status in Minnesota since she had out of state vehicle license plates and driver's license.
The officer ultimately warned Augustus on the violation of Minnesota Statute 169.71 Subd. 1(2) - suspended object. One of the primary missions of the Roseville Police Department is the safe passage of motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians who use our city's streets and thoroughfares. An obstruction, such as an air freshener hanging from a car's rear view mirror can obstruct the driver's view of merging traffic or a pedestrian crossing at an intersection. Another of the missions of the Roseville Police Department is the safety of our residents and visitors. Since February 2010, the Roseville Police Department has been very proactive with enforcement activities and visibility in and around Rosedale Center. The department's stop of Ms. Augustus earlier today took place on a street adjacent to Rosedale Center.
The Roseville PD -- crackin' down on the air freshener menace, one car at a time.
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