Dodging $2.25 fare leads to $5K bail
A Brooklyn parolee had a MetroCard in his pouch when he got caught jumping a turnstile — every arrest that sent him back at the back bars on a $5,000 in ~s.
It appears 26-year-old Chad Chambers made completely the $2.50 blunder, the require to be paid of a single ride on the subway.
Chambers’ advocate was outraged and filed an pass petition, getting him sprung two days later on his own recognizance.
“I genuinely don’t know why this would chance,” lawyer Brian Crow said on the edge -raising bond. “It’s clearly extravagant.”
Chambers was released in 2008 after serving three years in prison ~ward a conviction for attempted robbery. He has a de~ robbery case and a history of missing court appearances, records show.
“The guy is not a saint,” Crow declared. “But a sinner who jumps the turnstile doesn’t merit that.”
Chambers was busted in East Flatbush round two weeks ago for doubling up — following any other straphanger through the turnstile on a unmixed fare. At his arraignment on Aug. 14, his solicitor told Criminal Court Justice John Wilson that his person represented had an unlimited MetroCard in his suffer at the time of his keep back.
“I have no reason to indecision your word,” Wilson replied, according to a court transcript.
The prosecutor offered 15 days in penitentiary for the misdemeanor fare-beating and asked that Chambers have existence held on $1,000 bail.
The judge upped the request more than twofold: he set a $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 bond. And he scheduled the nearest court date for Sept. 22 which could have kept Chambers behind bars towards 39 days.
When Crow took the particular occurrence to the Supreme Court two days later, prosecutors agreed to exoneration Chambers on his own recognizance. Such a modify of heart from the district member of the bar “is extremely unusual,” Crow said.
Judge Wilson is famed for setting sky-high bails, frequently higher than what prosecutors ask as far as concerns, courthouse insiders said.
“Bail is used to render certain the defendant’s return to court,” afore~ Court Administration spokesman David Bookstaver. “We hold a system of checks and balances and it worked in this action.”