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Old 02-21-2007, 11:19 PM   #1
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Incident w/ undercover cop - am I in the wrong here?

Hey, alright, im a tad concerned here. I was driving home on my favorite twisty road and had driven slow the whole ride home so I was opening it up a bit. I wasnt driving TOO fast, maybe 45-50 around the fairly wide turns in what I believe was a 35 (MIGHT have been a 45 but I think its 35). Well, anyway, the flow of traffic on this road after the 3 turns (it straightens out after the turns I was on) that I was on is about 45 and no-one ever gets stopped for doing 45 there. But, I was doing 45 on one of the turns and, whatdya know, an undercover cop drives by in the opposite lane (dont know what model car it was but it was NOT the normal crown vic - maybe a taurus?) and right before he passes me, he puts on his lights. I got pretty nervous (never been pulled over before - only had my license for like 2 weeks) and I slowed WAY down. Idled about 15 mph for the remaining 500 or more yards of the road. It lets off into a neighborhood after this and I pulled off into a driveway to wait becuase I didnt want to run obviously. So, I sat and waited for at least a full minute (not a hard road to turn around on and there wasnt really any traffic around him preventing him from doing so) but the undercover cop didnt seem to be coming back so I backed out of the driveway and drove home - Am I in the wrong here? Are flashing lights like a common "Slow down" type thing? or what? Maybe I left to soon? Whatdya think? My car is pretty recognizable (mazdaspeed protege) so I dont wanna get stopped again by him and have him say "evading law enforcement" when i actually DID stop and wait. . .
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Old 02-22-2007, 01:07 AM   #2
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If he wanted to get you, he would have gotten you IMHO. The way I see it is that if he doesn't come up behind you with his lights on you don't really have anything to worry about evasion-wise. Also, I'm pretty sure they can't just pull over a car later if they don't know who was driving it when it broke a law or something, but they may just be if a cop tags you like in a speed trap and isn't in a car (don't quote me on this--may not be correct). I've seen plenty of cops just flash their lights to get someone to slow down and then not do anything. I wouldn't worry about it if I were you. Also, if you are going with the flow of the traffic and aren't racing with them, you most likely won't get pulled over.
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Old 02-22-2007, 01:14 AM   #3
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yeah, i agree. . . just kinda wanted to see if everyone else agreed with me. . . oh, also, I didnt really clarify - 45 is the flow of trafic for the straight part of that road but on the turns, people generally do about 30-40 on them - theyre moderately sharp turns and unless you were in a hurry or a driving enthusiast you wouldnt really go over 35 on them. I fall into the category of driving enthusiast - this is why he flashed, it wasnt quite with the flow of traffic =P. . . but u think im alright as far as not waiting longer / turning around? Honestly, who would turn AROUND to follow a COP that flashed at them. . .
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Old 02-22-2007, 01:16 AM   #4
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yeah, i agree. . . just kinda wanted to see if everyone else agreed with me. . . oh, also, I didnt really clarify - 45 is the flow of trafic for the straight part of that road but on the turns, people generally do about 30-40 on them - theyre moderately sharp turns and unless you were in a hurry or a driving enthusiast you wouldnt really go over 35 on them. I fall into the category of driving enthusiast - this is why he flashed, it wasnt quite with the flow of traffic =P. . . but u think im alright as far as not waiting longer / turning around? Honestly, who would turn AROUND to follow a COP that flashed at them. . .
I think if you pulled over and waited for him you're just fine. Did he look at you when he flashed, or was there someone in front of him he may have been pulling over? He could have also just been responding to some other call.
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Old 02-22-2007, 01:23 AM   #5
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I couldnt tell if he looked at me directly or not but I'm almost positive that it was me he was flashing at - there was like an F-250 directly in front of him and a cement truck in front of that . . . and his lights werent on until he saw me and I passed by him. I mean, yeah, 45 isnt that fast and it was only 10 over but im just worried that he would have pulled something like "on a turn like that it was reckless driving". . . but yeah, I mean, I looked back while slowly continuing down the road, didnt see him, pulled off the road on a sidestreet and waited for a solid 60 seconds + the 20 under slow drive down the remaining portion of the road and he never came back. . . I would assume I'm alright?
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Old 02-22-2007, 01:29 AM   #6
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I agree with what's been said so far. If he intended to pull you over he would have done, I mean it's not as if you put your foot down and hid from him. From what I gather he was on the opposite side of the road, too?
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Old 03-21-2007, 06:19 AM   #7
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Hey, alright, im a tad concerned here. I was driving home on my favorite twisty road and had driven slow the whole ride home so I was opening it up a bit. I wasnt driving TOO fast, maybe 45-50 around the fairly wide turns in what I believe was a 35 (MIGHT have been a 45 but I think its 35). Well, anyway, the flow of traffic on this road after the 3 turns (it straightens out after the turns I was on) that I was on is about 45 and no-one ever gets stopped for doing 45 there. But, I was doing 45 on one of the turns and, whatdya know, an undercover cop drives by in the opposite lane (dont know what model car it was but it was NOT the normal crown vic - maybe a taurus?) and right before he passes me, he puts on his lights. I got pretty nervous (never been pulled over before - only had my license for like 2 weeks) and I slowed WAY down. Idled about 15 mph for the remaining 500 or more yards of the road. It lets off into a neighborhood after this and I pulled off into a driveway to wait becuase I didnt want to run obviously. So, I sat and waited for at least a full minute (not a hard road to turn around on and there wasnt really any traffic around him preventing him from doing so) but the undercover cop didnt seem to be coming back so I backed out of the driveway and drove home - Am I in the wrong here? Are flashing lights like a common "Slow down" type thing? or what? Maybe I left to soon? Whatdya think? My car is pretty recognizable (mazdaspeed protege) so I dont wanna get stopped again by him and have him say "evading law enforcement" when i actually DID stop and wait. . .

If u got away with it then cool but dont keep doing it or next time hes gonna ticket your ass
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