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By Jessica Heslam | Thursday, November 13, 2008 | http://www.bostonherald.com | Media & Marketing

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State police say he nearly caused an "international incident" when British Prime Minister Gordon Brown was in Boston, but NECN host and WTKK yakker Jim Braude is taking his traffic citation before a judge later this month.

The prime minister was leaving the JFK Library and heading to Cambridge last April when Braude and his black SUV pulled a big no-no and nearly drove head-on into the dignitary's escort.

Brown - who had more security than the president's Hub visit - was being driven in a full-armored limo. Snipers were on rooftops. A state police helicopter hovered above. Two dozen police motorcycles were on site, as well as the Secret Service's terrorist reaction team, dressed in full-black battle gear and toting MP5 machine guns.

State police Sgt. Steven Godfrey said he was at his post for two minutes when his lieutenant radioed that the escort was leaving the library. It was then that Godfrey heard a "car horn blaring" and saw a black SUV "traveling northbound in the southbound lane" on Morrissey Boulevard.

Godfrey then saw the SUV making an illegal U-turn.

"I don't know whether this is a terrorist or an aggravated driver," Godfrey recalled yesterday. "Had they continued to go all the way around the U-turn . . . they would have been heading in the direction that the escort was coming."

Godfrey said he ran into the roadway, arms flailing and yelling, to get the driver's attention.

"This was a potential life-and-death situation for this person and/or one of us," Godfrey said. "Had he continued to drive in toward the escort, he could have put his life in peril. He could have been shot. The Secret Service doesn't take this stuff lightly."

The driver, who turned out to be Braude, pulled over and began yelling at Godfrey out the window, according to the sergeant.

"You people don't know what you're doing," Braude said, according to Godfrey. "You people are screwing up traffic. There's people that need to get places. I demand to know what's going on."

(Braude said he never demanded anything.)

Godfrey told him the "only demand that would be met" was his demand for Braude's license and registration. Godfrey mailed Braude a citation for wrongway operation and illegal U-turn.

"This was a situation that could have become an international incident," said Godfrey, a 20-year veteran of the force who didn't know the media personality. "This guy just had that demeanor of entitlement."

Braude requested a clerk's hearing and rejected a deal of being found guilty on one offense. He goes before a Dorchester District Court judge Nov. 25.

Braude said yesterday that he's been advised by an attorney to tell his version of events to a judge, but he did say this: "The cop who stopped me deserves to be in the Guinness Book of World Records for having dropped more F-bombs on a detainee in a shorter period of time than any other cop in history."

Braude, who was leaving WTKK-FM (96.9) when he was stopped, has talked about the incident on his radio show. He quipped that co-host Margery Eagan - who was behind him that day in traffic - may be called as a "hostile" witness.

"My hope," Braude says, "was to be remembered as the Rosa Parks of traffic citations."
 

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I positively detest that left-wing airbag.
Not to mention the empty-headed hag to his right from noon to 3.
 

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I am surprised he didn't drop a Kennedy-esque "Do You KNow Who I Am?" bomb at the Sergeant.
Maybe Jim was late for a date? Nah, doubt it. Guys like him don't date, they just have encounters.
 
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If there's anything more annoying than someone who drives like an a-hole, it's someone who drives like an a-hole and then tries to rationalize it.
 

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I caught five minutes of his "show" this afternoon. He had some sniveler on telling the story of being stopped for something and calling 911 because the cop was abusing him so much.
 

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It was then that Godfrey heard a "car horn blaring" and saw a black SUV "traveling northbound in the southbound lane" on Morrissey Boulevard.

Godfrey then saw the SUV making an illegal U-turn.
Wait a minute..wait just a minute!! Jim Braude drives an SUV? A gas guzzling, air polluting, high carbon footprint SUV? Not a Prius? Not public transportation?

What other secrets does Mr. Braude have? Perhaps he voted.....gasp.....

Republican?
 

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Say what you want about Braude, he's the only radio host I know that defends us when it comes to details, overtime, pay etc...

I listen to the show a lot and he - unlike Egan - is not anti-police.
 

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Would have been even more of a inconvenience for Braude if the Secret Service CAT Team lit him up..He should thank the Trooper for saving his ass....

Going through life without a clue must be so simple..
 
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