- Avraham Gil, 19, was arrested on Saturday in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida
- He was released after his lawyer claimed diplomatic immunity
- The teen has a history of traffic violations and a plate that reads ‘PLSCHASE’
The teenage son of an Israeli diplomat was pictured sobbing in a mugshot after he was arrested for running over a cop with his motorcycle.
Avraham Gil, 19, was arrested on Saturday in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida – a suburb of Miami – after he intentionally ran his motorcycle over a police officer, leaving him with an ‘incapacitating’ leg injury, according to authorities.
A police officer was conducting a traffic stop on Collins Avenue when he saw Gil weaving through traffic and motioned for him to stop, but the teen continued riding and ran him over, per the incident report.
The officer then grabbed Gil off his bike and brought him to the ground before arresting him.
Gil then apologized and allegedly told cops he didn’t mean to hit the officer, but was weaving through car lanes because ‘he hates waiting behind traffic.’
Avraham Gil, 19, is seen sobbing in his mugshot after he was arrested on Saturday in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida – a suburb of Miami
Police say Gil intentionally ran his motorcycle over a police officer after being instructed to stop driving
The Sunny Isles officer was reportedly left with an ‘incapacitating’ leg injury
Despite having at least two previous encounters with cops in just two months, Gil was released on his own recognizance after his lawyer argued that his father Eli Gil, a diplomat at Miami’s Israeli Consulate, has diplomatic status.
The State Department states that ‘Family members forming part of the household of diplomatic agents enjoy precisely the same privileges and immunities as do the sponsoring diplomatic agents.’
Those privileges include complete immunity from the criminal jurisdiction of the host country’s courts – unless waived by the sending state.
Following Gil’s arrest, Local 10 uncovered the teen’s previous encounters with police, which include a plate that reads ‘pls chase’ and appear to point to a pattern of traffic misconduct.
Gil’s plate is seen during one of his interactions with police. The plate reads ‘PLS CHASE’
Gil was released on his own recognizance after his lawyer argued that his father Eli Gil, a diplomat at Miami’s Israeli Consulate, has diplomatic status
Diplomatic privileges include complete immunity from the criminal jurisdiction of the host country’s courts – unless waived by the sending state. Gil’s father Eli is pictured above
Gil was stopped for traffic violations on December 31, and a video of the encounter shows him telling an officer his dad is a diplomat.
‘Would you like me to call him?’ the teen is heard asking the officer.
Miami Shores police tried to pull the teen over again on January 14th, but he kept riding, and Miami Shore police doesn’t chase for traffic offenses.
Gil is charged with aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting an officer with violence.
The diplomat’s son is also accused of driving without a plate or license.
His next court appearance is on February 26.