MANHATTAN, NY- A federal prosecutor in New York learned that it is not a good idea to interfere with a police officer during an investigation.
Early Friday morning, Assistant U.S. Attorney Bianca Forde was with her boyfriend driving on 11th Ave. and W. 40th St. in the Hell’s Kitchen area of Manhattan.
Forde was a passenger in a 2020 Chevy Camaro being operated by her boyfriend when they were pulled over. Her boyfriend, who was suspected of DUI, was asked to step out of his car for the purposes of conducting field sobriety tests.
Forde attempted to exit the car and was warned by police officers to stay inside the vehicle. She exited the car and was telling her boyfriend not to take the sobriety tests. Officers said that Forde appeared to have been drinking prior to the DUI stop.
In typical “do you know who I am” self-importance, Forde also told officers that she didn’t have to listen to their direction because she was an attorney.
Her boyfriend, who was not identified, eventually submitted to the tests, which he passed. He was not arrested.
Police officers placed Forde under arrest, and she resisted by flailing her arms in the air as officers attempted to handcuff her. Forde is facing three charges, including obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest, and failure to obey police officers.
Forde was arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court on Saturday.
At her arraignment, her attorney, Lance A Clarke, objected to members of the media photographing her, claiming “safety concerns.”
The motion was rejected by the presiding Judge, James Clynes and Forde was captured looking dejected.
During her arraignment, prosecutors stated that Forde had told the NYPD officers:
“You have no right to ask him to exit the vehicle. This is against the law. I don’t have to listen to you—I’m an attorney, I’m barred in New York. I practice here. I’m a U.S. attorney. I’m his attorney—he doesn’t have to blow.”
Forde has a court date of January 17, 2020.
Forde’s LinkedIn profile indicated that she began work at the U.S. Attorney’s office in Washington, D.C. in 2015. Prior to that she held positions at four other firms, including Winston & Strawn LLP and Tameer Holding Investment LLC.
According to her profile, Forde “investigates, indicts and tries firearms offenses for the U.S. Attorney’s Office,” where she has worked for four years.
Forde received her bachelor’s degree in political science from Duke University in 2005. At Duke, she headed the fundraising for the Delta Sigma Theta sorority.
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After Duke, she went to Boston College Law School, where she won the Best Oral Advocate Award and belonged to the Frederick Douglass National Moot Court Team.
Forde does have connections in the New York City area. Her mother lives in North Baldwin on Long Islands, and records showed that Forder had also lived there.
Calls to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C. did not return calls for comment on the incident. The New York post also reached out to Forde and her mother, but calls were not returned. A man who did answer the phone, who identified himself as Forde’s uncle, said that the family wasn’t talking to anyone.
Meanwhile, in Tacoma, WA., an employee with the Washington Attorney General’s Office has been arrested and charged with DUI.
On November 20 at about 2:45 a.m., Jason Ruyf was operating on Interstate 5 northbound in Tacoma. A Washington State Trooper pulled Ruyf over after he failed to move over for an emergency vehicle.
During the encounter, Ruyf fumbled with his driver’s license and his speech was slow and slurred, according to court documents obtained by K5 News in Tacoma. Ruyf was not able to produce a valid insurance card or the vehicle’s registration.
The arresting trooper noted an “obvious odor of intoxicants” from inside the car and from Ruyf’s breath. Ruyf refused to take a breath test or a field sobriety test, however blood was drawn, according to court documents.
Ruyf has been an employee with the Attorney General’s Office for 10 months, where he serves as counsel to a state agency, according to a spokesperson. He previously served as Pierce County deputy prosecutor.
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