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Failure to Yield...to a Duck? Dozens of Tickets Issued In Bizarre Undercover Cop Case


"If it was a person dressed normally, I think all those people would have stopped."

Image source: Facebook/WABC-TV

Drivers in and around New York are used to seeing a lot of strange things – especially on Halloween. But a 6-foot-4 Donald Duck in the crosswalk last week had even those who thought they'd seen it all wondering just what to do next.

"This duck kept going to the curb, off the curb. I thought it was a crazy guy on Halloween," River Edge resident Karen Haigh said. "It scared me."

Image source: Facebook/WABC-TV Image source: Facebook/WABC-TV

And that's part of the reason Haigh didn't slow down to let the Disney duck cross. That was a decision that cost her – and dozens of others – $230. That's because inside the duck suit was an undercover officer.

"They told me that I was getting a ticket for not stopping for a duck. But it scared me. I'm a woman. This huge duck scared me," Haigh said.

Haigh said she will fight the ticket in court, but Fort Lee Police Chief Keith Bendul said the undercover officer did some good.

"Two years ago [on Halloween], we had 62 people struck. This year, we had 40, I'm glad to say. But zero is my ultimate goal," Bendul said.

Haigh maintains it was hard to tell what he was trying to do or who he was. Looking back, she said she believes she was treated harshly.

"If it was a person dressed normally, I think all those people would have stopped," she said.


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