City of Pasadena Investigating Building and Safety Employee who was Placed on Leave after Alleged Road Rage Incident


By Terry Miller

Pasadena spokeswoman,  Lisa Derderian,  has confirmed that a city employee is now on paid administrative leave after a serious altercation was taped via cell phone on July 3, in a Target parking lot.

The city employee appeared to refuse to let a woman leave her parking spot by blocking a city car behind her SUV. The Pasadena employee then repeatedly lectured and harassed the woman about her driving skills.

“We take this matter very seriously and have initiated an investigation, “ Derderian told Pasadena Independent Friday.\

The cell phone video of the city employee using his city car to block a woman in a Target parking was posted to YouTube and grabbed the attention of several local news outlets.

The man in question admonished her for several minutes for allegedly cutting him off in a parking lot.

The man was driving a Pasadena Building and Safety vehicle.

The female driver allegedly cut him off, so he blocked her in. As well as blocking other motorists.  The incident lasted at least ten minutes.

He parked his city vehicle directly behind the woman’s car, completely trapping her and not letting her leave. Then, he proceeded to give her a lengthy lecture, telling her, “You need to learn how to drive.”

“I didn’t know you had to be so rude and so mean,” the woman told the city worker.

Then, the bystander shopper who filmed the incident said, “You can’t block her.”

The suspect’s reply was: “I can do whatever I want.”

“Uh, you cannot, just because you have a building and safety….you’re not the f—— cops,” one woman was heard saying in the YouTube video.

The clearly frightened female driver, who had a child with here told the city employee…”If I made a mistake and I probably did…So I’m going to admit I made a mistake and I’m very sorry,” said the woman, who was sitting inside her car while the man stood near her vehicle.

He continued to shout at the woman, and when a Target security guard approached him, he yelled at him, too, saying, “Who are you to tell me what to do?”

When the guard told the man he’s on private property, he said, “I work for the city…so you’re telling me that I can’t come in here and do my job?”

Pasadena spokeswoman Lisa Derderian confirmed the man is a city employee and the city is investigating the matter. She declined to identify him because it’s a personnel matter, but she said he is on administrative leave pending the investigation.

July 6, 2018

About Author

tmiller Terry Miller has been in the newspaper business for 35 plus years, following in the footsteps of his father who was a Foreign Correspondent for the London Daily Telegraph when the family emigrated to New York from London abroad the Queen Mary. When not shooting pictures or chasing a breaking news story, Miller spends entirely too much time and effort with Little British Sports Cars...more like an addiction, his wife of 20 years says.

2 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “City of Pasadena Investigating Building and Safety Employee who was Placed on Leave after Alleged Road Rage Incident”

  1. Jerry Ramos says:

    This is funny how the report doesn’t say she said sorry at the end and the news tries to create this story they want to post haha . That dude was rude but it looks far worst when you play random clips . The news is a joke

  2. Stephnie says:

    This sounds scary for a woman like me who recently shifted to pasadena from Los Angeles due to some work and who drive late at night from work..hope everything gets well soon.

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