January 6, 2012 by staff
Evangelina Paredes, A Chicago police officer is facing a lawsuit filed by a woman he issued a $132 speeding ticket to, and then used that information to leave a note on her car asking her out on a date at her apartment two days later, USA Today reports.
Stickney police officer Chris Collins is being sued by Evangelina Paredes for violating her privacy when he used motor-vehicle records to find her address, in order to leave a handwritten note on her vehicle, after pulling her over on Oct. 22.
Paredes filed the lawsuit last week in the U.S. District Court of Chicago, and is seeking unspecified damages.
As USA Today reported, the letter read in part: “It’s Chris â€¦ that ugly bald Stickney cop who gave you that ticketâ€¦I know this may seem crazy and you’re probably right, but truth is I have not stopped thinking about you sinceâ€¦I don’t expect a girl as attractive as you to â€¦ even go for a guy like me, but I’m taking a shot anywaysâ€¦I did cost your $132-least I can do is buy you dinner.”
The letter also noted that he would understand if Paredes did not get in touch.
Paredes’ lawsuit claims, “The letter caused the plaintiff to suffer great fear and anxietyâ€¦ Plaintiff could not believe that a police officer would use his access to her personal information to find her home and stalk her.”
Paredes accuses Collins of using his “authority and position as a police officer not to protect the public, but attempt to manipulate the plaintiff into going out on a date with him,” the lawsuit asserts.
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