Numerous times i have seen people being pulled over on city roads as well as highways, for speeding, jumping red lights and the like. And I have always had some curiosity as to how the encounter with a police officer would go. But since I have always been a safe(boring) driver, I have never been pulled over. Until now, that is.
So I was driving on a 25 mph road in a university town, trying to get to the bookstore to spend a good hour or two reading books for free and I saw the upcoming signal turn orange/yellow. I didn’t want to stop a few extra minutes at a red light so I accelerated to about 30mph to get through the orange signal. Little did I know that there was a cop lurking around to catch people like me! I cursed myself as I saw the car in my rear view mirror and I pulled up and stopped. The cop stopped behind me, got out of the car and slowly walked towards me with his left hand on his gun!
Cop: Hello ma’am! License and registration please.
Me: Here.(Hand him that stuff)
Cop: Hmm ok. So do you know why I stopped you ma’am?(very politely)
Me: Errr yeah
Cop: And what is that?
Me: (Trying to decide if I should confess to jumping the light or speeding in a 25mph zone…) Coz I jumped the light?
Cop: And you were speeding (Me: Damn he saw everything!)
Me: (cheeky smile and very drunk expression)
Cop: Where were you trying to go?
Me: Err to the bookstore
Cop: Ok. Do you have insurance?
Me: Yeah the card is somewhere here in my wallet wait. (searching furiously through my stuffed and very confusing wallet)
Cop: (pointing at something in my wallet) I think that is the one ma’am
Me: No that’s not it…….(and still searching, meanwhile the cop had a weird smirk on his face)
Cop: No ma’am that one’s it
Me: (now realizing that it was actually the right card) oh yeah, here.
Now he might have gotten a doubt that there was something wrong with me, because I could not recognize things in my own wallet.
Cop: Are you drunk ma’am?
Me: Oh no I am not. No!
Cop: Ok wait while I check stuff out, I will be right back.
He walked back into his car and it was clear he was checking stuff about me on his computer. I had no tickets, no warnings, nothing in my driving history so there I was good, but I had a feeling he would ticket me, and that is why he was taking so much time to get back to me.
Finally he was done and he walked back to me with my license and registration papers.
Cop: Ok so there is nothing in your history that indicates that you have been reckless so I am going to let you go with a warning….
Me: Oh great thanks(and reaching out my hand to grab my stuff and run away before he changes his mind)
Cop: (Still in a mood to lecture) but why where you in such a hurry?
Me: (should I tell him I wanted to go quickly to the bookstore than get stuck at a stupid red light or…..oh yeah) ehh I really needed to go to the restroom, thats why
Cop: (smiling wildly) you will get there ma’am but you have to slow down and follow the rules, you will get there (hehehe I wanted to smile but I tried not to) So here is your stuff, you can go now, but please remember to drive within the speed limit.
Me: Oh yeah, definitely, this is the first time I did anything like this, funny that I should get caught………(at this point he was already walking away from my car)
So there, I, who laughed at people who got caught for jumping lights or speeding, for not being smart enough to spot a cop, got a ticket on a lame-ass 25mph road for having sped! And instead of handling it like a sexy damsel in distress, ended up being clumsy and bumbling!