posted on May, 8 2011 @ 02:38 AM
reply to post by incrediblelousminds
I don't see why it took them four days to release him.
But I can sort of see the confusion in what happened, from the OP story:
In Asheville, he pulled over after he thought he saw steam coming from his truck. A deputy's car approached and an officer told him he couldn't
stop there because he was blocking traffic, Hernandez said. He started driving away and put his flashers on. The law enforcement car followed him
with its lights on. Hernandez said he thought the car was shepherding him in the direction the officer wanted him to go. But ahead there were other
law enforcement cars blocking his way. Investigators' incident reports say stop sticks were used, but Hernandez said he doesn't remember seeing
them or noticing his tires being deflated until seeing his truck days later in the impound lot.
So he saw the lights but because he had already
talked to the officer who told him to move, he didn't understand they wanted him to pull over. I'm sure there are some more details we need from the
other side of the story to figure out exactly what happened there. But I do have a couple of observations:
1. I'll bet he was exhausted. He drove 2000 miles in 3 days, so that was probably a contributing factor.
2. Another contributing factor was probably the language barrier. He's been in the US well over 20 years and still doesn't speak the language. If I
lived in another country for 2 years I'm sure I'd be speaking the language in 2 years. Heck, any 5 year old can speak the language enough to get
So I can understand the mixup to some degree. What I can't understand is the 4 days of detention, that seems totally ridiculous. The police are to
blame for keeping him way too long, causing him to lose his food, and having to pay excessive fees to recover his truck. But I also think it might be
a good idea for him to learn the language of the country he's living in.