Virginia state senator apologizes for run-in with Capitol Police

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia state senator who Capitol Police say berated an officer over a parking space is apologizing for her behavior.

Republican Sen. Amanda Chase released a statement Tuesday saying she was sorry for losing her temper during an encounter with a police officer last month.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch recently reported that Chase held up traffic and used profane language with a police officer when she was denied access to a secure parking area near the Capitol.

According to a Capitol Police report on the incident, the officer told Chase she didn't have permission to park in the area and pointed her to another lot assigned to lawmakers instead.

The report quotes her as saying she had been receiving threats and feared for her life.

"I am not going to leave unless you let the f****** barricades down to let me in," the report says she said to the officer.

Chase said in her statement Tuesday that she wanted to use the secure parking area because she felt unsafe parking away from the Capitol. Chase also said the officer was rude and dismissive.

The senator told WRIC in an interview that she had parked at the same spot '100 times before' being denied access.