Stacey Staniland is a 29-year-old New York City police officer who rides a motorcycle wearing a helmet inscribed with what presumably is the nickname she gives herself — “Little Miss Dangerous.” And indeed, Staniland lived up to that nickname Wednesday morning when she crashed her Honda bike into two cars that were waiting at a stop light in the New York City borough of Staten Island.
But it probably shouldn’t be any surprise that she had the accident, which resulted in her third arrest by her fellow officers since December. According to police, “Little Miss Dangerous” was sniffing glue shortly before the accident, which can make riding a motorcycle pretty dangerous.
When police showed up and asked for Staniland’s identification, she reached into her purse and officers noticed something else in there. She was carrying a silver spoon — the type often used for inhaling cocaine — a hypodermic needle and syringe, drug residue, and four pills of the prescription anti-anxiety drug clonazepam, better known as Klonopin.
But she did not have a prescription.
As if all of the drug evidence wasn’t enough to get her arrested, her motorcycle was not registered and had no license plates.
Last September, a group of rookie cops who had graduated that very day from the Port Authority Police Academy reportedly went on a drunken rampage in a New Jersey bar, fighting other patrons and insulting police officers who showed up to stop the brawling.
But Staniland’s behavior and record over the past year goes well beyond the boorishness exhibited by the rookies.
In May, the officer — who lives in the New Brighton neighborhood of Staten Island — was handcuffed and arrested inside a Brooklyn police station while she was on duty. At that time, she was charged with possession of a controlled substance as well as a hypodermic needle.
But that wasn’t even her first offense while an active New York City police officer.
On December 18 of last year, Stacey Staniland was arrested while allegedly selling jewelry to a pawn shop on State Island — jewelry that, police said, she had stolen from her boyfriend’s mother.
Staniland, according to court records, broke into the woman’s house twice, on November 25 with an encore on December 1, and burglarized the place, taking the necklaces, bracelets, and other valuable items.
As far back as May 8 of last year, Staniland was reportedly seen pawning jewelry, though whether those items were stolen as well is not clear.
Stacey Staniland was suspended from the New York City police force after the May 2015 drug arrest. But she is believed to remain, at least technically, a police officer.
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