On July 12, a New York City cancer surgeon who reportedly injured a police officer while driving off as he attempted to give her a summons accepted a plea deal without jail time.
Rachel Wellner, 40, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct for reportedly parking in a crosswalk on Feb. 18 She will be required to do 10 days of community service.
Prosecutors said Wellner was allowed to plead to a lesser count because the incident marked her first arrest and the officer did not suffer a serious injury.
"Things are not always as they seem," Wellner said as she left the courtroom, according to The New York Daily News.
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The confrontation on Feb. 18 was a bizarre one. According to police, Wellner was blocking the crosswalk with her car. When the cops tried to give her a summons, she reportedly stepped on the gas pedal with the driver's door still open. Prosecutors said that the open door struck NYPD officer Niguel Vega.
However, when the cops initially tried to hand Wellner the summons, she called herself a "hero" and insulted police officers at the scene, according to court papers.
"I'm a doctor," Wellner allegedly said. "I have patients that are dying — I have to go."
"I'm the hero and the cops are not,” she added. “I don't accept the summons."
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According to the court papers, she also made a homophobic slur, saying that "all women who are cops are dykes," The New York Post reports.
She also allegedly yelled "Help! Police are assaulting me!" and later jumped up and down in her Volvo when officers attempted to place her under arrest. She then pressed the gas pedal, allegedly hitting Vega in the leg.
She was initially booked on reckless endangerment and resisting arrest among other charges.
In a phone interview with The New York Post, Wellner denied using any homophobic slurs and said that she had been painted in a negative and inaccurate light.
She was fired from her position at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York, following the incident, but her non-criminal record will reportedly be sealed in two years if she completes the community service and avoids trouble.