Bad Cop Story
I was 20 years old at the time. I had been hanging out with my friends and having a few drinks, but I wasn't good to drive. I stuck around for a
while until I sobered up and hit the road.
My house was about an hour away and I had been driving for about 40 minutes on I-287 when I saw the blue lights. I was a bit of a handful at that
age, so I had my run ins with the law before this.
I was not nervous at all about being pulled over. I wasn't excessively speeding, I used my turn signals, and I wasn't drunk. I figured maybe I had
a taillight out. It was cold and rainy out so I was surprised he was actually willing to pull someone over and get out of the car.
Anyway, it was pretty late and I was tired so I don't remember everything said. He told me why he pulled me over, asked me a few questions, and
pretty much immediately had me step out of the car.
I was pretty surprised at the way things were going, but I shouldn't have been. I was 20 years old, driving a beat-up pick up, and it was probably
3-4 a.m. Profiling at it's finest.
He kept asking me, "What pills are you on?"
That's what I remember the most. I had no idea what he was talking about.
I hadn't taken any pills. I was stone-cold sober (which for me
at that age sucked).
So I told him, "I had some beers with some friends earlier, but I made sure I sobered up."
Who said honesty goes a long way? So he quickly switched gears from the pills to doing a sobriety test.
I could be wrong, but I believe the only test he gave me was the one where you raise your foot in the air, look up, and try to hold it for 30
I DID IT!
I held it up for 30 seconds, my foot my have dropped a bit a few times, but it never even came close to the ground. That's a hard test to pass when
it's 4 a.m. and it's 40 degrees outside.
So he said I failed. Threw me in the back of the patrol car, had my car towed, and drove off to the station.
He gave me a breathalyzer. What did I blow?
The highest I blew was a .04 out of the two times I did it. Half of the legal limit. He then started to tell me I had a drinking problem because I
had an Underage Drinking ticket before this (hey, college...).
I told him, "Look, I do drink with my friends, but I sobered up before I drove, and I drove responsibly".
Oh, I forgot to mention that I got pulled over for going "too fast for weather conditions". Not speeding, too fast for weather conditions. He said
I was swerving also, but I think the fact that I blew a .04 speaks for itself on that.
So he gave me an Underage DUI, which is basically like half of a DUI (you lose your license for half of the time and get half of the fines - since
it's pretty much a BS charge). Kind of a, "Well, you weren't drunk but you shouldn't have been drinking charge."
To top it off, he told my father, who bailed me out (thank God), that he pulled me out because he "smelled weed" on me. Funny, he never told me
that and I hadn't been doing that.
That guy was probably the worst cop I ever had to deal with.
What angers me about this is not that he gave me a ticket!
He was perfectly within his rights to write me up. I broke the law. It was his
attitude and the mischievous way he went about it.
He never smelled alcohol or else he'd have gone for the jugular right from the start. Instead he was harassing me and rambling on about pills. Then
he lies to my father about smelling marijuana.
The other story represents how I feel about police:
I had a flat tire. Cop pulls up. Doesn't offer to help or anything, just asks "So where are you headed".
I say, "Doesn't look like I'm headed anywhere, does it?"
So instead of helping me out or anything, he proceeds to check out my trunk with his flashlight and act like a jerk.
Then my father shows up to help me change my tire and it changes from attitude to suck up, "Oh how are you, sir." "What can I do to help".
. Acts like a dick to a kid and then does a complete 180 when my father showed up. Typical New Jersey
I've since moved to North Carolina and I've grown up a lot. Unfortunately the cops are a lot nicer here. I say unfortunately because now I'm just
waiting for a cop to pull me over and try to push me around.
I will kindly tell him where to go, and if anything further ensues, there will be lawsuits galore.
Typed this entire thing up, and as I went to hit post, my power went out. Thank god for Firefox, restored the session and it was still here.
[edit on 11-5-2008 by Sublime620]