Parking Ticket Leaves Texas Congressman Irate

A Texas congressman was “rude and irate” after he was ticketed for parking in a reserved spot earlier this month, a police report says.

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler (File)

WASHINGTON (March 29, 2013)—U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, was "rude and irate" after he was ticketed for parking in a reserved space earlier this month near the Lincoln Memorial, a police report says.

The report says Gohmert, who’s a Baylor University Law School graduate, told U.S. Park Police he's on a committee that oversees their agency and would not pay a fine.

According to the report obtained by Politico Gohmert received a citation after 11 p.m. on March 13 for parking his vehicle in a spot reserved for National Park Service vehicles.

Gohmert’s spokeswoman Kimberly Willingham said the congressman parked in one of several empty spaces and believed he was allowed to do so.

She said a park service officer apologized to Gohmert when pointed out his congressional plate.

The police report contains no mention of an apology, according to Politico.

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