Perez Driver To Cops: Talk To My Boss

Pedro Bermudez-Acevedo, a driver for Mayor Eddie A. Perez, became belligerent with police and told them to "talk to his boss" after officers informed him Wednesday that he had an invalid driver's license, according to a police report.

Bermudez-Acevedo, 52, faces a charge of driving with a suspended license. He was arrested Wednesday after he called police to report that another car hit his vehicle on Russ Street and drove off. Officers ran a check of his Connecticut driver's license and learned that it had been suspended in July 2002.

When police told Bermudez-Acevedo that the license had been suspended, "he became defensive immediately and insisted that he had a valid license," the report states.

"He continued to say we were wrong and had false information," Officer Jeffrey Valerie wrote in the report. "I informed Bermudez-Acevedo that I confirmed the information multiple times with dispatch, at which time he stated, 'well, it's your word against mine.'"

When police tried to issue him a summons on the criminal charge, Bermudez-Acevedo "became very upset and insisted … I talk to his boss," Valerie wrote.

Police then spoke with Perez's chief of staff, Susan McMullen, and issued the court summons. Bermudez-Acevedo signed the summons and told officers he understood the circumstances, the report states. He is due in Superior Court on Thursday.

Motor vehicle records show Bermudez-Acevedo renewed his Connecticut driver's license on June 11, 2002. But it was suspended indefinitely the following month at the request of New York authorities after he failed to appear for a hearing in a New York case. Connecticut and New York have a reciprocity agreement. Details of the New York case were not available Friday.

Police Wednesday also arrested Juan Garcia, 25, on charges of evading responsibility and failure to drive in a proper lane. He was taken into custody at the courthouse at 95 Washington St., where he works, according to the report.

Bermudez-Acevedo told officers his car was hit from behind by a green Ford pickup truck and provided a license plate number. The plate was traced back to Garcia.

When police arrived at the courthouse, Garcia asked them, "Is this about the accident?" the report states.

He then told the officers they were violating his civil rights and "were not being fair," according to the report.

Police located Garcia's truck, which had a large dent on the passenger side.

Courant Staff Writer Matthew Kauffman contributed to this report.

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