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2012-04-19 08:38:58 AM
A police force has been ordered to apologise to a scared motorist after officers pursued him for seven miles in an unmarked car.

Somehow I don't see this happening in the U.S.
 
2012-04-19 09:19:01 AM

Sybarite: A police force has been ordered to apologise to a scared motorist after officers pursued him for seven miles in an unmarked car.

Somehow I don't see this happening in the U.S.


Me neither. They do it all the time. They push, tailgate and do everything they can to provoke a response and then pull you over for the "illegal" thing you did when you responded. Gotta love fundraisers.
 
2012-04-19 10:36:22 AM

Adolf Oliver Nipples: Sybarite: A police force has been ordered to apologise to a scared motorist after officers pursued him for seven miles in an unmarked car.

Somehow I don't see this happening in the U.S.

Me neither. They do it all the time. They push, tailgate and do everything they can to provoke a response and then pull you over for the "illegal" thing you did when you responded. Gotta love fundraisers.


Don't get me started on the cops on the Penna turnpike. The last time it happened the cop had the nerve to chew my ass out on top of evrything else. I hate driving that road, nice scenery in spots though.
 
2012-04-19 11:48:27 AM
I thought what the motorist did was the correct thing to do if you are being persued by a strange vehicle and you have doubts that it is the police.
 
2012-04-19 11:49:59 AM

Adolf Oliver Nipples: Sybarite: A police force has been ordered to apologise to a scared motorist after officers pursued him for seven miles in an unmarked car.

Somehow I don't see this happening in the U.S.

Me neither. They do it all the time. They push, tailgate and do everything they can to provoke a response and then pull you over for the "illegal" thing you did when you responded. Gotta love fundraisers.


ls1tech.com
 
2012-04-19 11:52:51 AM

Sybarite: A police force has been ordered to apologise to a scared motorist after officers pursued him for seven miles in an unmarked car.

Somehow I don't see this happening in the U.S.


Around here, unmarked vehicles don't have pullover powers. If they see you doing something dumb they're supposed to call in a marked unit for traffic enforcement. No uniform and no visible markings, means no pull over powers.

/as a side note: just because it doesn't have a light bar doesn't mean it is unmarked
//police markings on the sides and lights on the dash/grill is considered marked
 
2012-04-19 11:57:37 AM
In the US he would have been shot, tasered, beaten then arrested (in that order) for "resisting arrest"
 
2012-04-19 11:58:59 AM
Unmarked cars all over Florida pulling people over. State, local, and county.
 
2012-04-19 12:04:49 PM

Adolf Oliver Nipples: They do it all the time. They push, tailgate and do everything they can to provoke a response and then pull you over for the "illegal" thing you did when you responded. Gotta love fundraisers.


No kidding...

I remember one time, my car broke down on Thanksgiving day, on my way home from my family's, my car broke down on the side of the highway, miles from a phone or service station. (this was back before cell phones).
As I was making the long, cold, snow-blown walk down the highway, a passing police officer stopped, picked me up, drove me to a service station, waited for me to make my call, and then drove me back to my car.

Those guys are SUCH jerks!
 
2012-04-19 12:06:09 PM
You see someone driving erratically, so you tailgate and flash your lights at them and you think this is going to get them to drive less erratically?

Someone got behind me on the thruway late at night and started flashing their lights and following closely. The lanes left of me were empty so it was not an attempt to pass. My car was fine so I was not spewing something or on fire. I am a tiny female, and it scared the HELL out of me. No. Farking. Way. Would I have pulled over.

/do not think it was an unmarked cop
//unmarked serial killer, perhaps
 
2012-04-19 12:09:24 PM
Heh, reminds me of the time I was driving into Glasgow and I started playing overtaking tag with a banged-up Sierra. He'd over take me, then I'd overtake him, and so on. We got up to about 90mph before slowing down for a built-up area and then stopping side-by-side at a set of lights just outside the city. I look over to the other car and it's a pair of uniformed coppers who just laughed at the 'oh shiat!' look on my face. I let them win. Didn't get stopped.
 
2012-04-19 12:11:16 PM

Pick: Unmarked cars all over Florida pulling people over. State, local, and county.


The difference apparently is that this unmarked car had no lights or siren installed in it, so it wasn't even really a police car.
 
2012-04-19 12:12:18 PM

schattenteufel: Adolf Oliver Nipples: They do it all the time. They push, tailgate and do everything they can to provoke a response and then pull you over for the "illegal" thing you did when you responded. Gotta love fundraisers.

No kidding...

I remember one time, my car broke down on Thanksgiving day, on my way home from my family's, my car broke down on the side of the highway, miles from a phone or service station. (this was back before cell phones).
As I was making the long, cold, snow-blown walk down the highway, a passing police officer stopped, picked me up, drove me to a service station, waited for me to make my call, and then drove me back to my car.

Those guys are SUCH jerks!


www.cartoonstock.com
 
2012-04-19 12:12:43 PM
Not sure what the Fail tag is for. Cops here actually recommend calling 911 when being pulled over by an unmarked police car and then finding a high visibility spot to stop. Not only is it safer for the person being pulled over, it also lets the cops know you are complying.
 
2012-04-19 12:14:52 PM
Came to say what has been said... Good thing he wasn't in America.

Pretty sad folks.
The world used to look at us with envy and admiration, something to strive to be.
And now look at us. Shameful.

It appears other countries are more "American" than us.
 
2012-04-19 12:20:26 PM

ScotterOtter: Not sure what the Fail tag is for. Cops here actually recommend calling 911 when being pulled over by an unmarked police car and then finding a high visibility spot to stop. Not only is it safer for the person being pulled over, it also lets the cops know you are complying.


Will they ticket you for cell phone usage while driving?
 
2012-04-19 12:20:42 PM
I had a tricked up japanese import tailgate me through Lamar, Colorado back in 2010 and freak me out. It got right on my bumper at one point so I pulled off the road and did a 180 in a car park and drove back into town and the guy followed. As I got to the other side of town, he pulled off the road and 2 cop cars came out at the next junction and pulled me over. They presumed that as I was driving slowly (looking for some friends staying at a local motel) and had a dash cam up and running (I had been storm chasing that day) that I was out looking for a drag race... in a grey Nissan Versa hire car... with Texas plates.. in some small town in central Colorado.... A few photos of the previous days tornadoes convinced them of my story, but I was definately getting pressured into increasing my speed by the car which had been following me and I could easily have gone over the limit and given them a reason to ticket me. Interestingly, they never admitted that the other car was anything to do with them, even when I mentioned how much it freaked me out... It was apparently just 'some guy' and nothing to do with the police... like I believed that!
 
2012-04-19 12:22:51 PM

schattenteufel: Adolf Oliver Nipples: They do it all the time. They push, tailgate and do everything they can to provoke a response and then pull you over for the "illegal" thing you did when you responded. Gotta love fundraisers.

No kidding...

I remember one time, my car broke down on Thanksgiving day, on my way home from my family's, my car broke down on the side of the highway, miles from a phone or service station. (this was back before cell phones).
As I was making the long, cold, snow-blown walk down the highway, a passing police officer stopped, picked me up, drove me to a service station, waited for me to make my call, and then drove me back to my car.

Those guys are SUCH jerks!


I know... because in the intervening 20 years ABSOLUTELY NOTHING HAS CHANGED!
 
2012-04-19 12:26:21 PM

Doc_Gerbil: Adolf Oliver Nipples: Sybarite: A police force has been ordered to apologise to a scared motorist after officers pursued him for seven miles in an unmarked car.

Somehow I don't see this happening in the U.S.

Me neither. They do it all the time. They push, tailgate and do everything they can to provoke a response and then pull you over for the "illegal" thing you did when you responded. Gotta love fundraisers.

Don't get me started on the cops on the Penna turnpike. The last time it happened the cop had the nerve to chew my ass out on top of evrything else. I hate driving that road, nice scenery in spots though.


The best scenery in the east for a toll road
 
2012-04-19 12:28:31 PM
Wait so if someone is following me I do not have reasonable cause to attack them?
 
2012-04-19 12:28:50 PM

schattenteufel: Adolf Oliver Nipples: They do it all the time. They push, tailgate and do everything they can to provoke a response and then pull you over for the "illegal" thing you did when you responded. Gotta love fundraisers.

No kidding...

I remember one time, my car broke down on Thanksgiving day, on my way home from my family's, my car broke down on the side of the highway, miles from a phone or service station. (this was back before cell phones).
As I was making the long, cold, snow-blown walk down the highway, a passing police officer stopped, picked me up, drove me to a service station, waited for me to make my call, and then drove me back to my car.

Those guys are SUCH jerks!


My coworker's car hit a massive pothole and blew out a tire at HW speeds. Heavy traffic so he pulled into the median instead of blocking traffic or cuttin off anyone.

Called the police and reported the pothole since it was a danger.

The cop who arrived cited him for reckless driving because no pothole could bust a tire at a safe speed.

I dont know if you have seen some PA potholes, but some won't stop with just a tire, they can rip off the whole damned wheel. (Saw that happen to some guy on 476 near Clark's Summit.)
 
2012-04-19 12:29:09 PM
Supposedly you're allowed to call the police if a weird car is following you and ordering you to pull over.
 
2012-04-19 12:30:43 PM
You're being followed? You're supposed to call your girlfriend/significant other, not the cops, DUH!
 
2012-04-19 12:31:25 PM

Rockstone: Supposedly you're allowed to call the police if a weird car is following you and ordering you to pull over.


But it would not be reasonable for me to attack someone just because they were following me....well reasonable as in I would not be able to use self defense as a legal defense? (Ok I can try and use it but it wont stand up as a valid reason)
 
2012-04-19 12:47:49 PM
I drive a new Dodge Challenger. I had a guy fly up on my ass and start tailgating me in a new Dodge Charger. I was driving 75 or so in a 65. But didnt think it was a cop because I didnt see any of the spotlights or push bars or anything so I assumed it was a fellow Dodge owner wanting to play. I dropped it 2 gears and floored it! Left the guy back a ways, then he catches up to me and puts on his lights that were hidden in the front grill. So I had a OH SHIAT moment where I'm thinking I CANT BELIEVE I fell for that and I'm in for a reckless driving arrest etc. I start to pull over and he floors it by me and gave me the thumbs up.

Not all cops are jerks. In the 25 or so times Ive been pulled over Ive gotten 4 tickets. Two were well deserved. One was swerving that was dropped because I was avoiding an accident. Those 3 were NYS troopers and just by the book professionals. The fourth one was a mistake. And that was the ONLY time the cop gave me an attitude and I was nothing but polite. One jerk in 25 isnt all that bad.
 
2012-04-19 12:53:18 PM
The report found that the motorist was being pursued by the officers because they thought he was driving dangerously...

A speeding car obviously following me but for no apparent reason might make me drive a little unsafe, I'll grant.

>.>
 
2012-04-19 12:55:40 PM

Stoker: Came to say what has been said... Good thing he wasn't in America.

Pretty sad folks.
The world used to look at us with envy and admiration, something to strive to be.
And now look at us. Shameful.

It appears other countries are more "American" than us.


yep and sucks to wish i could go back in time 80 years.
 
2012-04-19 12:58:14 PM

Virtue: Wait so if someone is following me I do not have reasonable cause to attack them?


well if your on a motorcycle ya can chuck rocks over your shoulder and say it was your tire throwing them.
 
2012-04-19 12:58:22 PM

ha-ha-guy: Sybarite: A police force has been ordered to apologise to a scared motorist after officers pursued him for seven miles in an unmarked car.

Somehow I don't see this happening in the U.S.

Around here, unmarked vehicles don't have pullover powers. If they see you doing something dumb they're supposed to call in a marked unit for traffic enforcement. No uniform and no visible markings, means no pull over powers.

/as a side note: just because it doesn't have a light bar doesn't mean it is unmarked
//police markings on the sides and lights on the dash/grill is considered marked


I wish I could find pix of it, but my GIS is failing me. Here in Lake County Florida, they have at least one unit that is considered "marked." If you consider a white car with LCSO decals that are maybe one or two shades of white different from the white of the car's paint. You have to practically be standing on top of it to actually make out the wording. Next time I see it, if I think I can get one without raising suspicion, I'll snap a pic.
 
2012-04-19 01:03:50 PM

Sybarite: A police force has been ordered to apologise to a scared motorist after officers pursued him for seven miles in an unmarked car.

Somehow I don't see this happening in the U.S.


In most states if a cop follows you more than 5 miles without pulling you over it can be considered harassment.
 
2012-04-19 01:05:48 PM

namegoeshere: You see someone driving erratically, so you tailgate and flash your lights at them and you think this is going to get them to drive less erratically?

Someone got behind me on the thruway late at night and started flashing their lights and following closely. The lanes left of me were empty so it was not an attempt to pass. My car was fine so I was not spewing something or on fire. I am a tiny female, and it scared the HELL out of me. No. Farking. Way. Would I have pulled over.

/do not think it was an unmarked cop
//unmarked serial killer, perhaps


That driver was ME! There was a knife wielding psycho in the back seat and every time I flashed my beams he would hide, thus saving your life. Talk about ungrateful.

/Nah, was probably just some asshole, or maybe your taillight is out.
 
2012-04-19 01:09:32 PM

ChaffedTitty: In most states if a cop follows you more than 5 miles without pulling you over it can be considered harassment.


By whom? The better business bureau? Who gives a fark?
 
2012-04-19 01:18:20 PM

cgraves67: I thought what the motorist did was the correct thing to do if you are being persued by a strange vehicle and you have doubts that it is the police.


Agreed.
 
2012-04-19 01:18:51 PM

ltdanman44: Don't get me started on the cops on the Penna turnpike. The last time it happened the cop had the nerve to chew my ass out on top of evrything else. I hate driving that road, nice scenery in spots though.

The best scenery in the east for a toll road


Yes, and you really get to enjoy that scenery, since the average speed on the PA Turnpike is about 4 mph. Unless there's weeks of unplowed snow built up, or it's one of the ten months a year that the whole thing is under construction. Then, unfortunately, it can get a bit slow.
 
2012-04-19 01:56:29 PM
This actually happened to me in Denver one night.
Car was behind me, and all I could see were the headlights. I was going the speed limit, and not doing anything wrong.
I changed lanes thinking that they wanted to pass, and they changed lanes behind me. So, I changed lanes once again, and once again the following car got behind me.
Now this was a while back when the news was reporting gang initiations picking random motorists to kill.
I switched back to the Left lane, and took off like a bat out of hell. THEN they turn on the strobes and pull me over.
The cop asked me what the hell i thought I was doing. I asked the same question of him. I said that I took off, because they had me scared for my life, and that they could have been anyone.
Cop thought about it, saw the sense of it, and apologized there on the spot.
 
2012-04-19 02:10:20 PM
"We consistently tell our officers that we believe that it is their duty, first and foremost, to keep people safe. That is what those officers were doing and that is what I would expect every officer to do. It is a source of great regret that they have had their reputations wrongly tarnished in this way."

Translation: "We're protecting you, dammit, so shut the fark up and show some goddam appreciation, numbnuts."
 
2012-04-19 02:13:11 PM
Tailgaters get the windshield washers first, then the smoke, and finally the caltrops if they don't back off. I am curious to see what happens if someone rearends my big ass truck with the bigger-added bumpers, but I hope its not a big rig or the like.

/What? Your car doesn't have smoke and caltrops?
 
2012-04-19 02:14:03 PM
The officers did act outwith ACPO guidelines, but I would ask the public to stop for a moment and consider why they did so.

"We admit we were wrong but but but here's why we think it's okay..."
 
2012-04-19 02:14:48 PM

BEER_ME_in_CT: I drive a new Dodge Challenger. I had a guy fly up on my ass and start tailgating me in a new Dodge Charger. I was driving 75 or so in a 65. But didnt think it was a cop because I didnt see any of the spotlights or push bars or anything so I assumed it was a fellow Dodge owner wanting to play. I dropped it 2 gears and floored it! Left the guy back a ways, then he catches up to me and puts on his lights that were hidden in the front grill. So I had a OH SHIAT moment where I'm thinking I CANT BELIEVE I fell for that and I'm in for a reckless driving arrest etc. I start to pull over and he floors it by me and gave me the thumbs up.

Not all cops are jerks. In the 25 or so times Ive been pulled over Ive gotten 4 tickets. Two were well deserved. One was swerving that was dropped because I was avoiding an accident. Those 3 were NYS troopers and just by the book professionals. The fourth one was a mistake. And that was the ONLY time the cop gave me an attitude and I was nothing but polite. One jerk in 25 isnt all that bad.


NYS Troopers are usually decent and professional. I don't worry about them pulling any shady cop shenanigans. They're good guys (gender neutral usage of guy). I passed one going the other way on Rte 11 in the middle of freakin' nowhere in the north country, where you speed to get the hell back to somewhere, going about 87 in a 55. I saw the guy hit the brakes and pull over to turn around. I just sighed and pulled to the side to wait. It was a female trooper, who said to me, "I would just let you off with a warning, because you pulled over so nicely, but you really were going much too fast." She wrote me up for Driver Obstructed View (cheap ticket, no points) for a tiny rear windshield sticker I had, which are illegal in NY. "Don't fight this." she said. "No ma'am," I said.

I like troopers.
 
2012-04-19 02:16:29 PM

Virtue: Wait so if someone is following me I do not have reasonable cause to attack them?


Only if your state doesn't have a Stand Your Ground Law.
 
2012-04-19 02:16:45 PM

lewismarktwo: namegoeshere: You see someone driving erratically, so you tailgate and flash your lights at them and you think this is going to get them to drive less erratically?

Someone got behind me on the thruway late at night and started flashing their lights and following closely. The lanes left of me were empty so it was not an attempt to pass. My car was fine so I was not spewing something or on fire. I am a tiny female, and it scared the HELL out of me. No. Farking. Way. Would I have pulled over.

/do not think it was an unmarked cop
//unmarked serial killer, perhaps

That driver was ME! There was a knife wielding psycho in the back seat and every time I flashed my beams he would hide, thus saving your life. Talk about ungrateful.

I KNEW IT! Chain emails ARE true! Thanks, guy.

/off to write a big fat check for a Nigerian prince I know
 
2012-04-19 02:27:12 PM
Reminds me of the time I almost got hit head on by a car blazing the wrong way down a one-way street with only one working headlight. After burning off my brake pads I managed to unclench my buttcheeks long enough to get a good look at the car in question.

Guess what kind of car it was? Go on, take a guess.
 
2012-04-19 02:58:26 PM

PsyLord: Virtue: Wait so if someone is following me I do not have reasonable cause to attack them?

Only if your state doesn't have a Stand Your Ground Law.




Does that include CA?
 
2012-04-19 03:01:28 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPu97VzIGpg
 
2012-04-19 03:03:33 PM

ha-ha-guy: Sybarite: A police force has been ordered to apologise to a scared motorist after officers pursued him for seven miles in an unmarked car.

Somehow I don't see this happening in the U.S.

Around here, unmarked vehicles don't have pullover powers. If they see you doing something dumb they're supposed to call in a marked unit for traffic enforcement. No uniform and no visible markings, means no pull over powers.

/as a side note: just because it doesn't have a light bar doesn't mean it is unmarked
//police markings on the sides and lights on the dash/grill is considered marked


Even the ones with the dash-mounted LED lights usually light up like a freaking christmas tree as soon as they want your attention, at least 10 white and colored lights come on. Sadly, normally you can only see them if the sun is coming in through their back window at the right time of day. The side mirror spotlight is a better giveaway, though with all the auction cars out there you'll get some false positives. Within 5 years I bet all cop cars will probably use the internal LED lights.
 
2012-04-19 03:14:49 PM

namegoeshere: You see someone driving erratically, so you tailgate and flash your lights at them and you think this is going to get them to drive less erratically?

Someone got behind me on the thruway late at night and started flashing their lights and following closely. The lanes left of me were empty so it was not an attempt to pass. My car was fine so I was not spewing something or on fire. I am a tiny female, and it scared the HELL out of me. No. Farking. Way. Would I have pulled over.

/do not think it was an unmarked cop
//unmarked serial killer, perhaps


If I see someone drive off the shoulder a few times, or between two lanes, or brake randomly with no one in front of them, you'd better be sure I'll slow down and call in their drunk or sleepy ass. I know from experience how incredibly drunk or fatigued you have to be to drive that bad, and you should just pull off and sleep/sober up for a while instead of killing yourself or others.

And if I see it's because you're texting, I'm going to wish I could give you a few love taps with my bumper... but I won't. I'll make sure to tell 911 that though.

/Not you particularly.
 
2012-04-19 03:21:25 PM

jclaggett: Next time I see it, if I think I can get one without raising suspicion, I'll snap a pic.


We'll miss you while we're gone. Okay, everyone, pass the hat for bail money....
 
2012-04-19 03:25:35 PM

foxyshadis: namegoeshere: You see someone driving erratically, so you tailgate and flash your lights at them and you think this is going to get them to drive less erratically?

Someone got behind me on the thruway late at night and started flashing their lights and following closely. The lanes left of me were empty so it was not an attempt to pass. My car was fine so I was not spewing something or on fire. I am a tiny female, and it scared the HELL out of me. No. Farking. Way. Would I have pulled over.

/do not think it was an unmarked cop
//unmarked serial killer, perhaps

If I see someone drive off the shoulder a few times, or between two lanes, or brake randomly with no one in front of them, you'd better be sure I'll slow down and call in their drunk or sleepy ass. I know from experience how incredibly drunk or fatigued you have to be to drive that bad, and you should just pull off and sleep/sober up for a while instead of killing yourself or others.

And if I see it's because you're texting, I'm going to wish I could give you a few love taps with my bumper... but I won't. I'll make sure to tell 911 that though.

/Not you particularly.


That was the part that led me to believe that the guy was doing it for nefarious purposes. I was driving fine and fully awake. I was neither speeding excessively or going too slow. No texting. No rumble strip action. And I pulled in at the next rest stop (after the guy had given up on me and moved along) and went over the car thoroughly. Nothing leaking or smoking, no lights out, no bad tires, no empty leashes tied to the bumper, no open doors. No murderers in the back. I have no idea.

The only non-evil explanation I could think of was that it was someone who knew me. If so, I'm glad they never told me they did it because I would have had to tell them what an ASS they were, even if we were related.
 
2012-04-19 03:37:11 PM

ha-ha-guy: Sybarite: A police force has been ordered to apologise to a scared motorist after officers pursued him for seven miles in an unmarked car.

Somehow I don't see this happening in the U.S.

Around here, unmarked vehicles don't have pullover powers. If they see you doing something dumb they're supposed to call in a marked unit for traffic enforcement. No uniform and no visible markings, means no pull over powers.

/as a side note: just because it doesn't have a light bar doesn't mean it is unmarked
//police markings on the sides and lights on the dash/grill is considered marked


I believe the reason is so that criminals can't pull someone over claiming they are plainclothes/unmarked police.
 
2012-04-19 03:37:17 PM

ScotterOtter: Not sure what the Fail tag is for. Cops here actually recommend calling 911 when being pulled over by an unmarked police car and then finding a high visibility spot to stop. Not only is it safer for the person being pulled over, it also lets the cops know you are complying.


Cunning plan!

"You! get off the phone! NOW! You're cited for using a phone while driving."
 
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