Police Jail Grandmother Who Put Coins in Parking MeterKEVIN O'HANLON , Associated Press
Oct. 26, 1996 1:06 AM ET
CINCINNATI (AP) _ A 62-year-old grandmother was arrested, handcuffed and hauled to jail by a police officer after she fed coins into two expired parking meters.
Sylvia Stayton, a grandmother of 10, pleaded innocent Friday in Hamilton County Municipal Court to misdemeanor charges of obstructing official business and disorderly conduct.
A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Nov. 13.
She was searched by a female officer and jailed at the Hamilton County Justice Center, where she spent about three hours before her daughter posted a $1,900 bond.
Stayton said she was walking near her Cincinnati home Thursday when she saw Officer Edward Johnson ticketing cars at expired meters. She said she asked Johnson, who was getting ready to write another ticket, whether he had yet recorded the car's license plate number.
``He said `Is this your car?' and I said `No,''' Stayton said. ``So I put a nickel in the meter and a dime in the next one. Then he said `That's against the law. You're under arrest.'''
Police Lt. Fred Ramsey said that Johnson told Stayton several times to stop putting money in the expired meters.
Johnson wrote in his arrest report that Stayton was ``screaming and yelling'' and ``engaging in turbulent behavior which served no lawful and reasonable purpose.''
``I screamed because he kept pulling my arm up,'' said Stayton, who had a 5-inch bruise on her right forearm that she said Johnson caused.