Tuesday, August 13, 2013

When Bad Things Happen To Bad People...

You just sit back and laugh heartily...

Report: Fake officer stopped real police agents for speeding, gets arrested
LAS VEGAS, N.M. – Authorities say a man driving a truck with police lights on top made a crucial misstep during a bogus police stop in northern New Mexico.

Police say the two men he pulled over for speeding were real state police agents in an unmarked vehicle.
I'll wait for a moment so you can stop laughing.

There are very good reasons that there are stiff penalties for this sort of thing. You want folks to be reasonably sure that when the blue lights kick on, that's a real cop behind them, not some wanna-be with a credit line at PoliceGear.com. You don't want them thinking that it's not a real cop and refusing to pull over - or, worse, running. You want people to be pretty clear that when a vehicle pulls up behind you with a gumball on top, it's legit.

Pulled over an unmarked car, eh Sparky? Oh, you're going to be the belle of the ball in prison, you are. Obviously you're none too bright; unmarked cars are generally pretty easy to spot: they're most often standard police cars in gray, brown, or dark green; they have more antennae than your average automobile; and they're generally driven by men and women who look like Joe or Josephine Friday.

Victim selection fail; thanks for the laugh and enjoy your time in the service of the state...

That is all.

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4 comments:

Keads said...

That's rich right there!

jed said...

Yeah, the unmarked cars used to be easier to spot, but the po-po, at least around here, are getting more sneaky about it. They're using different types of vehicles, and doing a damn fine job of hiding the antennas. I've seen a Dodge -- I think it was an Avenger, and a Durango. Neither of which I've ever seen as a normal patrol vehicle. The various jurisdictions around here seem to prefer Fords for those.

R said...

In the past the Washington State Patrol's motor-pool included a few fully equipped but unmarked Volvo sedans that they used for traffic enforcement aggressive drivers.

It is getting confusing now that the Crown Vic is out of production.

instinct said...

Hey, we're tricky out here in New Mexico, our unmarked cars are WHITE! Yeah, none of this gray shit for us, buddy.

And we always use either the Ford Taurus or Chevy Tahoe