Trooper arrested for alleged bogus ticket payback
A state trooper was arrested and arraigned Tuesday for allegedly issuing bogus traffic tickets as payback.
Trooper Lester Hooper was led into a Greenburgh courthouse in handcuffs. He faces six felony charges for allegedly issuing five fake moving violation tickets to his neighbor, Derrick Perry, in Harrison, Greenburgh and White Plains.
Authorities say Hooper's wife got into a dispute with Perry over a parking space on their Brooklyn block. After a three-month investigation, officials determined that Hooper abused his authority by writing the tickets.
"His service is impeccable with the state police and I believe he's been there four years," said Hooper's attorney Pat Bananno. "He's had a great reputation up until now and he will continue to defend it."
Hooper, who works out of the state police barracks in Tarrytown, is now suspended without pay. He pleaded not guilty during his arraignment and was released on bail.