Port Authority cops stopped a fashion designer who pulled a U-turn outside the Holland Tunnel Tuesday, driving onto the sidewalk and narrowly missing five cars. When officers pulled them over, she told them she turned around because she didn’t want to go to New Jersey.
Prosecutors say the designer, 34-year-old Tonnie Schaus, refused to take a breathalyzer test and told the cops to “hurry up” with her arrest because she had “a lot of things to do tomorrow,” the New York Daily News reports.
The officers confiscated her cocaine supply and gave her one more thing to do Wednesday—a court appearance on charges of reckless driving and drug possession.
ADA David Ginensky described the scene to the Daily News thusly:
“She eventually drove onto the sidewalk to get around traffic. Once she was stopped, she was found with two vials of cocaine. When she was handcuffed, she actually slipped out of the cuffs.”
“I’m sorry. I know I made a mistake. The cocaine isn’t mine,” she allegedly told the officers.
They searched Schaus’s car, finding more drugs (the NYDN doesn’t specify what kind). Her passenger, 58-year-old David Perlow, apparently just remained in the passenger seat watching this shitshow unfold, and also ended up facing drug charges.
Schaus is out on $1,500 bail. New York Fashion Week ends today, mercifully.