Only in New Jersey: Woman Arrested for Pumping Car Brakes

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Traffic is backed up at a New Jersey Turnpike toll plaza near New York City November 23, 2005. Millions of Americans were hitting the roads, heading to airports and taking trains Wednesday on the day before the Thanksgiving holiday, traditionally the busiest travel day of the year in the United States. REUTERS/Mike Segar

New Jersey drivers are living up to their reputation of late. Home to America’s worst drivers, be glad you weren’t sharing the road recently with one Karen Born.

Authorities have accused the New Jersey woman of repeatedly harassing drivers on the Garden State Parkway, reports the Asbury Park Press.  And this isn’t just a one-off incident.  State troopers issued a warrant for Born’s arrest after 22 incidents of alleged harassment over the past summer.

Not only would she cause other motorists to tailgate by pumping her brakes repeatedly, she would then call police after the other driver pulled over and claim the other driver was harassing and stalking her. (Read Distracted Driving: Should Talking, Texting Be Banned?)

Now set free on $27,500 bail, the 52 year-old is charged with harassment, falsely incriminating others and filing false reports to law enforcement. It was not clear whether Born had retained an attorney, but something tells NewsFeed it might be a good idea to get some legal advice. (See photos of ‘The Most Reliable’ Family Cars)