Louie Gohmert pulled rank to get out of a parking ticket

Gohmert was “rude and irate," according to one officer

By Jillian Rayfield

Published March 27, 2013 5:13PM (EDT)

Rep. Louie Gohmert pulled rank on police officers in a "rude and irate" attempt to get out of a parking ticket, one March night near the Lincoln Memorial.

On March 13 around 11 p.m., Politico reports, Gohmert was cited for parking his SUV in a spot meant for the National Park Service.

From Politico:

But Gohmert wasn’t having it: He told the Park Police that his congressional parking placard allows him to park in that spot, and he’s on the committee that oversees the agency.

Gohmert took the ticket off his windshield and placed it on a police car along with his business card with a written message: “Oversight of Park Service is my job! Natural Resources Thus the Congressional Plate in window.”

One of the officers described Gohmert as "ranting."

According to the police report, Gohmert told the officers: "I left my business card with the ticket and I am not paying for a ticket," though it is unclear whether or not he did.

Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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