Post Edited (vestabula) : 1/26/2009 7:39:34 AM (GMT-7)
Once, many years ago when I lived in Buffalo, hubby and I had to take friends of ours to the Toronto airport. We crossed the Peace Bridge with no problem but coming back, the border patrol waved us over and immediately began tearing our car apart with his buddies. Took out the seats, pryed off the hubcaps, dumped my purse right on the ground...dumped the glove compartment, ripped the lining out of the trunk. They told us a vehicle like ours had been 'tagged' for running drugs.
When they were done they apologized for the mistake and just walked away with our car all apart in this parking lot! The hubby about popped an artery, but the best they would do was give us the tools we needed to put the seats and hubcaps back on.
Great come back Donna!
Next time he might give it a little more thought when he pulls over a sweet, innocent lady he won't give her so much grief!!
Do not report the officer. Theirs is a job that they literally put themselves in possibly dangerous situations everytime they pull someone over. They NEVER know who or what is in that vehicle. So when an officer goes to pull someone over and that person does not immediately pull over it creates suspicion. Then when that person tries to exit the vehicle before the officer gets to them (which is perceived as aggression) it becomes even more suspicious. People generally exit their vehicle for one of three reasons.... they do not know better / they do not want the officer to see anything in their vehicle / they are going to be aggressive towards the office.
The officer did not pull his weapon.... his stressful moment went by without incident.
Jokat...I opened the door a rat hair because my purse strap was caught in it and for a moment, I thought that is why he might have stopped me. I knew he would want my drivers license and needed my purse. Yet once I told him this he continued to treat me like I was a drug smuggler. I am a 63 year old grandmother, was not speeding and I have every right to find a safe place to pull over...I don't care if it's ten miles. A half mile is not that far to 'chase' someone, especially when the roads are piled with snow. I just spent three months serving on a grand jury. I live in a small town and spent those three months hearing nothing but DWI cases. His treatment of me was excessive, rude and totally uncalled for, for an expired inspection sticker. HIS stressful Moment??? about twenty five yards ahead of where I pulled over was a sign welcoming me into another county. THAT was his stressful moment...afraid he wouldn't get me before I got out of his juristiction.
And by the way, because of the rise in police impersonators, it is completely lawful for single women especailly, to drive to a well lit, populated area to pull over when they see the flashing lights. It is also advised that if you see the flashing lights in your rear view mirror at night, to call 911 and have them on the phone while being interegated.
Post Edited (vestabula) : 1/26/2009 8:29:03 AM (GMT-7)
omgosh Donna! Good for you. Reminds me of the time when a police officer offered to throw me in jail for making an illegal u turn!