Saturday, April 27, 2013

Another Lucy moment

If you have a police scanner and you happened to have heard about an older woman being pulled over because she did not MOVE over ... let me explain.

I was coming home from a late meeting, hoping to catch the 10:00 p.m. local news. On the highway near my house there is a right hand TFL lane with no warning until you are heading around the bend. The right lane ends and it is TFL (too flipping late to merge).  A white pick up, cut me off and almost plowed into a semi truck. My knees were knocking.

I was a 1,000 yards from my turn when I spied two police cars on the side of the road. There were no other cars on the highway except the two trucks that whizzed ahead. I was approaching my exit, a block from home when the flashing lights lit up my car.

I knew I hadn't done anything. So I pulled over and waited for him to run my license. The child cop came to my passenger side window. I handed him my license and insurance card. He was irritated.

"Don't you know you're supposed to move to the next lane when you see emergency vehicles on the side of the road? I was there to protect the other squad car and you did not move over."

I babbled at warp speed, "I know! I  do know. Didn't you see that white truck cut me off and almost plow into that semi? I'm surprised you aren't chasing them. Seriously, didn't you see it? It just happened right back there around the bend."

He looked surprised. He looked out at the highway with no traffic, and then back at me and said, "No. And THEY have nothing to do with you and your offense."

I said, "They do too. I slowed to fifty and I put my left blinker on when I saw you. Didn't you see it? I'm telling you, those trucks scared the crap out of me!"

He looked me like I was his poor pitiful grandma. He shined his light on my license and insurance card, and then at me and said, "You're clean. Okay. Listen..."

I said, "Officer, listen, those guys really scared the crap out of me."

Poor kid shook his head in disbelief. I said, "I live right there."

He said, "Oh go. Just go. Go on."  He handed me my papers and waved his hand as if he were  speaking to an aggravating child and shooing her away.

The trucks really did create a dilemma for me and my reflexes were such that I FORGOT to get over because I was watching those idiots.

Now, the joke's on the kid cop. He sent me on my way without a fine or even a warning ticket. Plus, I had handed him an expired insurance card. The up-to-date one was above my visor mirror.

I should start wearing a red wig with a big bow in it.



Merlesworld said...

I know all jobs have very young people doing them but as the police are dealing with all ages and types why don't they have a rookie and a older cop working together not two youngens and sometimes I see a lone cop which I think is a bad idea.

Val said...

If you get locked up, I'll bring you a cake with a file in it.

Southhamsdarling said...

Hi Linda. You did make me smile again with this post!! Stupid kid cop! And he didn't notice that the insurance was incorrect. Ha! He's not so clever then, is he?! Seriously though, glad you escaped without a fine or anything!

Connie said...

"Oh Lucy, you got some 'splaining to do!" :D

Glad to hear you are OK after the near miss being cut off--that can be really scary. I'm also glad you got off without a warning ticket or fine. Sounds like you had a busy night!

Bookie said...

Good for you that had a voice to explain. I am speechless when stopped. Just seeing red lights brings me to a fainting stage.

Pat Wahler said...

Any time you have an encounter like that without a ticket, it's a good day!

Critter Alley

Susan said...

Oh Linda. You DID have some "splaining to do," as Ricky would have said in his thick Cuban accent.

ha ha hahahaha You lucked out, girl. I almost always get a ticket.

Last time, with my registration overdue, I was not even allowed to drive home!

You are one lucky Lucy!

Thanks for sharing. That was a good story. Susan

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

I'm glad everything worked out okay. Your writing always grabs me. :)

Kathy's Klothesline said...

Crying works well on the younger officers ........ just saying

Unknown said...

I bet they hear it all. I am glad you were all right though. Some people really should not be allowed to drive. There were an accident waiting to happen.