Recently, I went on a couple ridealongs with 2 local law enforcement agencies… I won’t say which happenned when, but on one day we got a call (I forget now the nature) from someone who refused to give a last name. At the house we were negative on making contact…. Later we learned the caller apparently had warrants for “failure to appear in court”.
On the other “ridealong” day, we get a “suspiciois activity” call – an adult male & young female walking down the street, no other info given (what? Is walking down the street illegal somehow, but I digress). We did find 2 people that matched description at a nearby hotel, getting into a car (no signs of suspicious behavior, and no signs of distress on the part of the young female). A short time later the guy backs out and turns in our direction, sees us and decides to back up again and go the other direction (hmmmm there was plenty of room to go by). As we attempted to get the registration plate number, a couple different evasive maneuvers are used inhibiting officers ability to do so. Ok now if that isn’t suspicious (which I was told it is), it’s definitely weird. Here’s the kicker – later that same car is found parked in the same location as it was when the 2 people were getting in. Running a check on the plates, we learned that the registration had expired… Probably the reason for the evasiveness.
On a number of ocassions, I’ve heard officers tell of stories of people who had failed to pull over, taking them on wild goose chase because they feared an outstanding ticket or warrant. In some cases there was actually nothing on record, ‘but here’s one for you now, Thank You Very Much’. It really would have made every one’s life a lot easier if they had just pulled over instead of making matters worse by having/making cop chase them.
A couple sure fire ways to piss off a cop…..
- Take them on a wild goose chase instead of pulling over straight away.
- Take off running when they attempt to make contact, making them chase you.
Take Care and Be Safe Out There