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Rookie officer thought pulling her badge would get her out of a DWI … she thought wrong

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Video of a New Jersey rookie police officer attempting to use her badge to get out of a DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) has surfaced.

Scotch Plains Police Department Officer Stephanie Roggina was pulled over for driving erratically and hitting a guard rail on Aug. 26, 2016, after she led police on a short chase, the New York Post reported.

After being handcuffed by Lt. Scott Crate. Officer Roggina begins her attempt to weasel her way out of it.

“I’m a cop,” she tells the lieutenant while slurring her words. “I work in Scotch Plains. My number is 140.”

“Well, then you should know better, right?” Lt. Crater responded.

“Do you know Brian?” Roggina asked at another point in the video, referring to her boss, Brian Mahoney, the now retired Scotch Plains Police Chief, according to the Post.

The incident had been reported previously but the video hasn’t been shared until the Trentonian sued to make it public.

Roggina was charged with resisting arresting but took a plea deal for disorderly conduct and served no jail time, the Post reported.

Her current status with the Scotch Plains Police Department, or the other charges, are not known.

Roggina was sworn in as an Scotch Plains officer a mere two months earlier, on June 10, 2016, after being transferred from her job as a Kean university Police Officer, which she began in 2015, according to TapInto.net.

She graduated Kean University with a BA in Psychology.

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