Lawyer challenges 'impolitely' blowing horn ticket

DeLand police officer does not show up for court date

Author: Elissa DeCampli, ClickOrlando.com staff
Published On: May 21 2013 07:15:03 AM EDT   Updated On: May 21 2013 06:33:13 PM EDT
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DeLAND, Fla. -

A Volusia County man says he was given a ticket for impolitely honking his horn.

Michael Lambert is a criminal defense attorney in Volusia County. When the unmarked police car in front of him did not move within five seconds after the light turned green, he honked his horn.

"The officer pulled up and asked me if I knew why he stopped me and I said 'no, I'd be intrigued to find out' and he told me it was for impolitely honking my horn," said Lambert.

The officer originally only gave Lambert a warning, but the attorney asked for a ticket instead so he could argue the case in court.

The officer did not show up to the scheduled court date. He has since asked the judge to dismiss the case.

"I've asked a judge to have him held in contempt for failing to honor subpoena to appear in court," said Lambert.

Deland Police Chief tells Local 6 that the officer was working on a homicide case which takes precedent and that is why he didn't show up.

Lambert believes the officer was just on a power trip, and that he was at no fault for honking his horn.

According to a Florida state statute, the driver of a car shall use his or her horn when it's necessary for safe operation.