Info : Published on Jul 21, 2017
Stephanie Roggina, a Scotch Plains police officer, did not move from the stop sign for 90 seconds, despite no cars coming from either direction.
A Readington police officer was sitting behind her motionless Ford Edge the whole time on Aug. 26 at approximately 11:30 p.m. at the intersection of County Route 629 and Hillcrest Road, according to a copy of the dash-cam video obtained by The Trentonian.
When the Readington officer turns on his emergency lights, 26-year-old Roggina takes off by turning right and leads police on a one-minute wild chase.
Roggina swerves in and out of her lane, hitting a guardrail. At one point the rookie Scotch Plains cop signals that she is turning right, but doesn’t turn there, instead taking a left a little further up. She finally comes to a stop in someone’s driveway by parking horizontally on the 500 block of Locust Road.
Roggina was charged with a third-degree eluding offense. She was also charged with driving while intoxicated, obstructing passage of other vehicles, reckless driving, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, and leaving the scene of a crash. Following the crash, she was immediately suspended without pay.