Man faces criminal charges for harassing officer over minor traffic ticket
A man pulled over for a minor traffic violation faces serious jail time after sending vulgar and insulting messages to the cop who stopped him
By PoliceOne Staff
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. — A man pulled over for a minor traffic violation now faces possible jail time after sending vulgar and insulting text messages to the officer who stopped him.
WJLA reports that Eugene Matusevitch went to court after an officer cited him for an illegal right turn. Matusevitch received a $75 fine, no conviction and a clean driving record after pleading guilty. But things didn’t stop there.
Matusevitch reportedly went to great lengths to find phone number and personal information of the cop who pulled him over, Officer Dominick Stanley, the Washington Post reports. It was not clear how he was able to get the officer’s information.
In the following days, Matusevitch sent harassing texts to Stanley. He reportedly texted Stanley 17 times in an hour after the court trial.
Some of the texts included insults such as “You there fatboy? On a donut break?” and, after finding out the officer drove a Honda Civic, “No wonder you hate people like me with nice cars.”
Matusevitch, who is reportedly unemployed, sent a message over Facebook to the cop’s father, making fun of the officer’s salary and calling him a “glorified mall cop.” He was also able to get the officer’s social security number and photos.
Stanley started receiving calls from people who were following up on inquiries about addiction treatment, which the officer never requested.
Matusevitch has been charged with three counts of obscene misuse of a phone and one count of harassing electronic communications. He could face up to 10 years in jail.