June 5th, 2009 04:42 AM
LEO followed closely on the way home....
I was on my way home from the gym in Renton when I noticed a police cruiser waiting with its lights off perpendicular to the road. I was going at the speed limit so I didn't care that he was waiting.
As I pass the cop, he pulls out rather suddenly and comes up right behind me and follows me real close but doesn't turn on his lights.
It made me uncomfortable, because I felt he was waiting for a reason to pull me over. I kept trying to run it through my head as to why he was following me so close.
My wife of course went off on me saying that he ran my plates and found out I had a CPL and a gun and that it was my fault that I got a gun and blah blah....(My wife actually works for the PD in records. She isn't an LEO...)
I told her I had nothing to worry since I wasn't speeding, I didn't run a red light and I had a valid CPL and had no criminal record whatsover not even a speeding ticket.
Anyways he followed me closely all the way home and then suddenly took a turn as soon as I was about to turn into my apartment.
I still don't know why he was after me.
I know I drive an ex cop car, but I have had that for over a year and a half and my wife takes it to work sometimes and no cop has stopped me or has asked me about the car.
Have any of you been followed by LEOs after getting your CPL?
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June 5th, 2009 04:52 AM
Nope, never had that problem.
Here at AR they require declaration of loaded weapon in vehicle and show upon request ccp.
BTW, been to Renton a few times. Nice place.
So is FreshSeafood.com at Pike PLace market area.
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June 5th, 2009 04:53 AM
He was probably just bored and ran your tags after he got behind you.
When he saw you were going to the place listed on your registration, not having a reason to pull you over, he went off in pursuit of other fish.
I wouldn't sweat it.
June 5th, 2009 07:46 AM
Isn't "following too closely" a traffic offense there? Perhaps a complaint is in order. That guy was threatening your life if he was tailgating - you could even file charges or a civil complaint for assault if you had "a reasonable apprehension of an immediate battery" - i.e., if you thought he was going to hit you.
My approach with tail-gators is to slow down gradually. If they back off, I resume speed. Otherwise, if they plan to hit me, I'd rather they do it at 25 rather than 45. And if they get impatient and go around, so much the better. If the cop stops you for obeying the speed limit to see why you're going so slowly, the simple answer is, "because you're tailgating me, it looked to me as if you planned to ram my car, and I thought that was dangerous driving behavior, so I slowed down so that you'd be less likely to kill me when you hit me."
He's going to be thinking, "If I write this guy up, and he spouts off about that in court, I'm going to lose all credibility with the judge and look like a fool in front of all the other cops." He'll probably just go away. Meanwhile, be sure you notice his name, and badge number if you can.
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June 5th, 2009 08:24 AM
That's a stretch, being in a 3000-lb metal cage at the time, and being able to simply get into another lane to avoid. I highly doubt any response by you with force would hold up in court.
Originally Posted by user
I was tailgated by an LEO once. It was dark and rainy. I pulled into the next lane and quickly passed the car I had been behind. The LEO zipped up behind me, turned on the lights and pulled me over, charging me with speeding and dangerous driving. It was malarkey, of course, and it was all dismissed due to my actions having been precipitated by his tailgating.
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June 5th, 2009 08:37 AM
Or he just might have been going the same direction but in a slight hurry. You never know.
June 5th, 2009 08:44 AM
Maybe it's because you drive an ex-police vehicle. If he has access to the fact that you have a CCW by running your tags combined with the fact that you're driving something that looks like a state trooper interceptor he is probably thinking you're either a "wannabe" or you're one of those guys that pulls people over to rob them.
Don't take this as any sort of insult......just saying, if you don't want the attention, get rid of the push bar, put some chrome rims on your car or do something to make it look a little less like a police vehicle.
It could be that the cop really did think you were another LEO and was curious why you were trolling his area.....
June 5th, 2009 08:45 AM
Just pull over and he will either go on by or he will be forced to stop you for nothing.
June 5th, 2009 08:48 AM
About 4 weeks ago, I was coming back from the range--I had taken my oldest grandson out to teach him how to shoot. Coming into town (really small, unincorporated Montana ranching town), I had a county deputy coming towards me--I waved to him (like I do to all LEO's in our area), he turned around and followed me. I made sure to do all the right things--like turn signals, etc (I haven't had an accident or any kind of moving violation in over 30+ years)....
He followed me through town, then out of town, then onto the gravel road and he continued to follow me right up to the point where the road became a private road to the sub-division that my small ranch sits next to. I drive a plain white F350 crewcab dually--about as common a vehicle as you can find out here in ranching country........
June 5th, 2009 09:02 AM
It could have been anything, I had a leo follow me once for what appeared to be no reason. when i got home i checked my taillights and found one had come out of its socket, harness and all and was in the trunk. im sure he run a check for warrents and when nothing come back went on about his business.
onanother note a dealer in our town sells surplus city cop.cars with everything still on them, reflective stickers included.
June 5th, 2009 09:30 AM
I was thinking along those lines. Maybe it was just a coincidence and you happened to be driving in the right place at the right time?
Originally Posted by jeephipwr
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June 5th, 2009 09:42 AM
He was reading your plate, and running it through the computer. That is what they (you) pay him to do.
June 5th, 2009 09:46 AM
I have had similar, but not the whole way home, instances happen to me. I typically pull in to a store or something, to get off the road and reduce the odds I will screw up somehow with a LEO right behind me.
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June 5th, 2009 10:15 AM
Don't be so paranoid about it,just go about your business,if he pulls you over then you find out,no big deal,sometimes you have an ******* cop,don't make an issue over it,it happens!
June 5th, 2009 10:19 AM
Originally Posted by Rotorblade
Nothing wrong with owning a car that looks like an LEO's. But it may cause one to get checked out. A couple of years ago in VA there was reports of a guy that had an LEO-looking unmarked car and would stop women motorists and assault them. So I'm sure the LEO in this instance was just running the plates.
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