Police: Woman parked in Northport police chief's spot was smoking pot

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Police say a woman was nabbed on unlawful possession of marijuana charges while driving to appear in court to answer another summons for the same thing. 

Police say 26-year-old Arielle Bonnici, of Huntington, was operating a vehicle on her way to the Northport Village Court to answer the summons issued to her in May for unlawful possession of marijuana.

Bonnici pulled into the rear parking lot of the building housing the Northport Police Department and Village Justice Court and cut off an unmarked police car, police say.

According to police, Bonnici was observed on a cellphone at the time and proceeded to drive into an area for police vehicles and park in the spot reserved for the chief of police.

Police say when officers approached her, she rolled down her window and officers were met with a cloud of marijuana smoke. Officers observed Bonnici of being in possession of marijuana and a pipe containing marijuana.

"At this point the two officers said they started laughing. Besides cutting off a police car, on the cellphone, parking in the chief's parking spot, now she's smoking marijuana in the back of a courthouse and police station," says Northport Police Chief William Ricca.

Bonnici was issued a field appearance ticket and a traffic ticket for using her cellphone while driving.

Bonnici was then directed to the courtroom to be arraigned on new unlawful possession of marijuana charges. Both cases were adjourned until Jan. 29.

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