[DMCForum] Re: Cop stories
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I have not been pulled over in my DeLorean yet but when I had my 1966
VW I was on my way to a buddies funeral and was pulled over.

I live in Benton but my auto shop class was in a small town called
Bauxite, there is about 15 miles between the two. My old VW's linkage
was bent so it did not shift properly. There was a yeild sign that
they changed to a stop sign and did not tell anyone so I did not
think to look up at the sign; it had been a yeild sign for as long as
I can remember. So, I pulled up to the sign and stoped for about a
secound and a half trying to shift into third gear. I looked both
ways and nothing so I went. Out of nowhere there is a popo. He
followed me for around 4 miles and pulled me over the Benton city
limits. The only thing that he was doing was looking at my car, he
even bent over and looked at the engine and whisled. I told the judge
that he broke the law by following me for more than 2 miles and
turning on his lights over sity limits but the poo head acted like he
was a god, true it is his courtroom.Needless to say I missed the
funeral.

If you ever go through Bauxite watch out.

Josh

--- In DMCForum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Ryan Wright <ryanpwright@xxxx> wrote:
>
> Let's hear 'em.
>
> I got pulled over Friday night. Second time in two years - the first
> was for not having a front plate (within a month of purchasing the
> car).
>
> I have to say, it's good to be pulled over in a DeLorean. On both
> occasions, the officers turned into Mr. Friendly when they got to
the
> door. This time was hilarious, though. I was speeding a bit - maybe
> 58-60mph in a 55 - it's almost midnight, and I'm on my way home
from a
> movie. I saw the lights so I pulled way off the road, turned off the
> engine, opened the door and put my hands on the top of the
> windshield/door seal so the guy wouldn't be nervous approaching me.
>
> Some tips I learned from an officer on one of the Fiero lists years
> ago: Get way the heck off the road. If the officer has plenty of
space
> between you and the road, he doesn't have to worry about getting hit
> by another driver and thus he's more likely to engage you in small
> talk and listen to any explanation you might have. Turn the engine
off
> so he knows you won't try to run. Also, don't be fumbling around for
> your documentation like an idiot. The guy approaching your car has
> nightmares about some crackhead shooting him to get out of a $60
> speeding ticket and every time he approaches a vehicle, part of him
is
> fearing for his life. If he sees you doing anything he's going to
> assume you're going for a weapon. So give him a break: Roll the
window
> down and keep your hands where he can see them. On top of the
steering
> wheel, on your head, anywhere. If you have a car full of people they
> should all keep their hands visible. Better, have everyone stick
their
> hands out the window. It's silly but the cop will get a good laugh
and
> will be immediately comfortable with you, which often means you
won't
> get a ticket.
>
> Anyway, here I am, and he approaches carefully, flashlight pointed
at
> me. I smile, he sees my hands, and asks me if I have any weapons. I
> laugh and say, "No no, just keeping my hands up here so you don't
have
> to worry about me." He puts his flashlight away and goes into Mr.
> Friendly mode. The conversation went something like:
>
> Officer: "Reason I pulled you over wasn't the speed... eh, 60 or so
> isn't bad - but, - can you turn your blinker on for me?"
> Me: "Sure." (turned on left blinker)
> Officer: (glances back real quick) "Yeah, that's what I thought.
> They're really bright. You're not supposed to have any white back
> there except the reverse lights."
>
> Now, my turn signals are faded on the rear, but they're not THAT
bad!
> Still, I've known they were faded for awhile and I've been meaning
to
> do something about it, so I tell him this, and continue:
>
> Me: "... I'll stick some yellow bulbs in there until I can replace
the lenses."
> Officer: "Sounds good."
>
> He then tells me about a friend of a friend who has a DeLorean, and
we
> chat about the car for a bit. Finally he tells me to have a good
> evening and begins walking away, then stops himself and says, "Oh,
do
> you happen to have your license on you?" - as if it's a total
> afterthought. I hand it over and he writes down the number. While
he's
> writing it down I give him my insurance card, even though he didn't
> ask.
>
> Officer: "That's OK... Oh, this is expired. Do you have a current
one?"
> Me: "Uh oh... (looks in wallet) .. Apparently not. I have a current
> one for my Mitsubishi."
> Officer: "OK, then you probably have insurance on this."
> Me: "Oh, I do. Do you want to see this card?"
> Officer: "Nah..."
>
> He never asked for my registration. He didn't need to see proof of
> insurance. He almost forget to ask for my driver's license. He
seemed
> very intelligent and on the ball, and I've no doubt in any other
> vehicle I would have been a lot closer to a ticket. He was just
_cool_
> with the whole DeLorean thing.
>
> --
> - Ryan
> http://www.memfrag.com - Store your bookmarks. On every computer.
>






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