Lakewood police chief Timothy Malley confirmed the incident today to Scene, though he said a search of public records yielded no specific reports and that a conversation with the officer involved yielded little specific information, including a time and day, other than confirmation that it occurred sometime after midnight. A source who tipped Scene to the incident couldn't pin down an exact date or time either.
What little Chief Malley could share via the officer involved is this:
A call for a suspicious vehicle in the west lot of the city hall parking lot came in, Malley said. The officer does not remember a month or year, but said after he pulled up behind the vehicle, Ed FitzGerald exited the car and approached the officer. There was a passenger in the car, but the officer did not speak to that person. FitzGerald told the officer he was working late and on his way home.
Chief Malley declined to have the officer speak directly to Scene. Public records show the officer involved worked the 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift during the years in question.
FitzGerald campaign spokeswoman Lauren Hitt told Scene "we have no comment," citing the lack of a police report or any public records.
Ed FitzGerald was also involved in another well-reported 2012 incident of a late-night stop at 4:30 a.m. in Westlake by police after a 911 call for a suspicious vehicle.
His passenger at that time was a member from an Irish delegation visiting Cleveland. FitzGerald had said the duo was stopped while trying to reconnect with a second car of people from the Irish delegation.
While he was mayor of Lakewood, Ed FitzGerald was the subject of a call for a suspicious vehicle to the Lakewood police department.