District Judge Lewis Sams had left the courthouse in Coushatta for a quick trip and did not use his seat belt. Schonfarber followed him into the parking lot and proceeded to write a ticket. When Judge Sams identified himself as a judge, Schonfarber asked to see his badge and ID. The judge told him no, he wouldn't use his position to get out of the ticket.
At this point, the trooper threatened the judge with his taser and threw him onto the hood of his car. A constable and several courthouse employees witnessed the events.