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Bicycling MTA bigwig gets huffy with cop

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A HIGH-RANKING MTA board member tried to pedal his way out of a trespassing rap by falsely identifying himself as a police commissioner, the Daily News has learned.


Andrew Saul, the board’s vice chairman, was biking at a reservoir in Westchester County near his $3.5 million estate, sources told The News. Saul, 65, stopped and lifted his Parlee bike over a barrier with the intention of riding beyond a no-trespassing sign and across the dam, the sources said.


An officer assigned to the Department of Environmental Protection ordered Saul to stop, the sources said. But when the cop turned his head to continue his conversation with a couple walking nearby, Saul hopped back on his bike and tried to ride off.


Sources said the DEP officer grabbed Saul and the two men crashed to the ground during the Feb. 4 clash. That’s when Saul claimed he was a police commissioner, the sources said.


The DEP officer allowed Saul to go home and get some identification and he returned to the Cross River Reservoir in Bedford with an MTA Police Department card. The card had his name, photograph, a depiction of the department’s shield and identified him as a “commissioner” and a “civilian.”


Sources said the card gives Saul no law enforcement authority. Many agencies, including the NYPD and the MTA police, have long given out the cards as a courtesy.


“DEP Police briefly detained Andrew Saul after he attempted to bike through an authorized-access-only zone and refused to comply with a lawful order to stop,” DEP spokesman Farrell Sklerov said in a statement to The News.


Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/bicycling-mta-bigwig-huffy-article-1.1054823#ixzz1qyAMZdHd




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