CARSON CITY, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) - A man trying to serve court papers says the director of the Nevada Department of Transportation went so far out of her way to avoid getting a subpoena that she enlisted a decoy car and even accidently ran over the legal processor's foot.
Ty Robben claims in this Smith's parking lot NDOT Director Susan Martinovich ran over his foot in her red Dodge Durango while trying to avoid being served a subpoena.
“They ditch you and they stonewall you every time,” he said.
A spokesperson for NDOT declined an on-camera interview, but he said the director became scarred when the man started pounding on her back window. That's when she pulled forward and did not run over his foot according to her.
“Obviously she's in some pretty hot water for what happened, and this is the only way she can somehow make herself look good is that she's trying to accelerate at a high rate of speed away from somebody that was seemingly somehow a threat,” Robben said.
Robben said he never threatened her - rather he walked towards the director waiving papers in the air yelling he was there to serve her. Martinovich filed for a restraining order against him after the event - writing in her own words to the judge that all of this started across town at the NDOT building.
In court filings - the director pens: "Mr. Robben came in asking to see me. I was on phone not available. It was implied by him that he wanted to serve papers."
She then goes on to say NHP and the AG's office had been monitoring Robben for a while because of his protests like this one with big crime scene tape outside of government buildings.
Martinovich writes: "After finishing work, did not want to encounter him, so asked a co-worker to drive my car to another location - Smith's parking lot. I got a ride and we met."
After reviewing this new information of the director's statement, News 4 once again asked NDOT for an interview or even written comment answering simply one question - . If she had safety concerns about him at the NDOT building, why not have security officers walk down with her to meet him?
The spokesperson e-mailed back simply:
"NDOT feels that this isn't a story and we've turned it over to the courts and that is where it currently sits."
In fairness we want to point out - News 4 has confirmed there are some other government employees that have had past restraining orders against Robben. Also Martinovich did end up testifying at that hearing the subpoena was for - but the NDOT spokesperson tells News 4 there was no way of knowing for sure that hearing was what the documents pertained to when the director avoided Robben at the department building.