Criminal Justice

FBI worker's traffic citation becomes a federal case

A civilian investigative specialist for the FBI, ticketed in a Washington, D.C., fender bender for allegedly “changing lanes without caution,” will have his case heard in federal court.

The case was removed to federal court from the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles’ Adjudication Services office because the federal government doesn’t want its workers tried before local judges, the Washington Post reports. “Not even, it turns out, for a traffic ticket,” the story says.

The FBI employee, Benjamin Huff, was on the job when his Dodge Caravan collided with a Toyota 4Runner in May, the story says. The officer who ticketed Huff nonetheless said in her report that she had cited the Toyota driver.

According to Huff’s lawyer, an internal FBI investigation found no basis for the citation and the Justice Department authorized legal representation of Huff.

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