“60 Minutes” correspondent Mike Wallace, who was placed in handcuffs and taken to a police precinct in a dispute with city parking enforcement inspectors, says he wonders why anyone thought that he, at 86, was a threat.
Wallace was released after being issued a summons citing him with disorderly conduct.
Wallace said the dispute began as he was leaving Luke’s Restaurant late Tuesday after picking up a take-out order of meatloaf.
Wallace saw two Taxi and Limousine Commission inspectors interviewing his driver, who they said was double-parked outside the restaurant.
“I asked what’s going on, and they kept telling me to get back in the car,” Wallace said in an interview on WFAN’s “Imus in the Morning” show. “Then they arrested me and took me to the 19th Precinct.”
What inspectors said
The TLC inspectors saw it another way, saying Wallace approached the inspectors and became “overly assertive and disrespectful,” interfering with their ability to perform their duties.
The inspectors said they asked Wallace to step away from the car, but he refused, and lunged at one of the them, TLC spokesman Allan Fromberg told the New York Post.
“I’m an 86-year-old man,” Wallace told the Post. “For whatever reason, this guy and his buddy were intent upon telling me that I was interfering with the execution of the law.”
Fromberg told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the agency was investigating the incident but would not comment further.
A spokesman for Wallace confirmed the incident, but added no details.
October court appearance
Luigi Militello, manager of Luke’s Restaurant, told WCBS that the inspectors “manhandled” Wallace.
Wallace has been with CBS since the 1950s and on its flagship “60 Minutes” newsmagazine since its inception in 1968.
He is due in court in October.