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I got killed...by a cop....
I had a very strange, and a tad frightening experience yesterday. I was headed back from lunch on Walnut Hill in Dallas, it's a 3 lane road, and I was in the center lane. As I approach a long straight away, a Lexus SUV comes roaring up behind me, and then jumps to the left lane to go around me. The speed limit was 35, and I was speeding, probably going about 43-45. This Lexus was going WAAAY faster than me.
Suddenly a cop steps out into the road from a side street, waving us down. I hit the brakes thinking, "good, that Lexus is driving like an idiot anyway." Except the officer waves ME over to the side.
He comes to the window and asks me, "Where's the fire?" I told him that I knew I was probably speeding, but that the Lexus behind me was driving like a bat out of hell. He ignores me, asks for my license and insurance. Then he proceeds to tell me he clocked me at 71 in a 35.:blink: I told him there was simply NO WAY I was travelling that fast, that he must have clocked the Lexus rather than me.
"Step out of the truck sir."
He pulls me back to the back of the truck and then starts peering through all the windows in the truck and walking around the truck. He comes back and tells me that he would be citing me for speeding, no registration or inspection (just had a new windshield put in and the stickers were in an envelope in my console), and no front license plate.
At that point I said, "Wait a minute." I showed him the stickers. Then I told him I had a good friend on the force, and that the only time an officer was going to write a front license plate ticket was when he felt like somebody was giving him the run around. I told him I sincerely thought he clocked the wrong vehicle, and that I wasn't trying to be a jerk about it. Then I explained to him what had happened that made me think he got the wrong guy.
He went and sat in his patrol car, ran my info. Then he comes back and tells me he's writing the ticket for 59 in 35 so I'll be able to take defensive driving!!!
So, in short, I was speeding, but not 59 in a 35, and DEFINITELY not 71 in a 35. I don't know what to do here. Don't know whether to go to court and hope he doesn't show, or just suck it up and take the ticket.
He got me on radar rather than laser, and I KNOW those things auto acquire the fastest moving object out there. So he could have aimed to clock me, and then as the Lexus pulled around me the radar jumped to him. Problem is it's my word against the officer's, and everyone knows how that ends up. It's not like Mr. Lexus is going to come testify on my behalf. Somebody in a light blue metallic Lexus SUV got a free ride yesterday.