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FEBRUARY 26, 2012 7:32AM

True-Crime: A Brief Story in Pictures--Open Call

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Ten or so years back, my county installed speed-cameras.


Story is that among the first fellas sent a photo of his car running a red...




...was a guy who was then sent a bill for $75 as well as a photo of his car speeding through an intersection.


The smart-ass quickly sent in a photo of himself writing a check.


                                       Proper Way to Write a Checkthumbnail



                        The police swiftly replied with a new photo.


[The guy paid the fine.]






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Have you a brief, fun police story?
If no, other comments welcome!
Jon usually stories with police involvement aren't FUN. :)tg
tg yeah that's why I tht to share this one!
Young woman stopped for speeding on the interstate offered the trooper a 50-dollar bill "for a ticket to the policemen's ball." I'm sorry, ma'am, trooper said, but the state police doesn't have balls. The two looked at each other a moment and then both burst out laffing. Trooper let her off with a verbal warning.
Matt Virginia's For Lovers!
LOL...cute, J! A 'fun' police story? Sorry...clean out! Didn't know there was such a thing. I've learned something
Years ago I was a volunteer for the Michigan Commission for the Blind and had to take the car I drove for them to Lansing to exchange it for another car. On the way back I was driving along and wound up getting pulled over for speeding. Why? Because I was driving a brand spanking new car that had been purchased for the State Police (Dunno WHY the the thing being painted "MSP blue" didn't tip me off to what I was driving) and doing about 100 on the interstate without knowing it.

Coolest thing about that car was that it would flat haul ass... well that and the 20K or so in radio equipment in the trunk. =))
I'm glad to see the PD has a sense of humor. That always helps and humanizes them...
Ray my thought, too--someone in my county---same name as yours and my old one, btw--had a great sense of humor. :)
I was in line at the state troopers' barracks getting my learner's permit when I got really fumed at the officer who was running the line. So when I got to the front I stupidly threw down either my application or some sort of I.D. on the desk. The officer quickly pointed at me and said in a menacing tone, "Get to the back of the line!" Needless to say, or not, I had trouble the rest of the day.
Bud In most cases, it hardly hurts to say, Yes, Ma'am/Sir!
Wasn't in my vocabulary back then.
We have those cameras everywhere, and several times a year a list of their locations gets published. Not just online at the DMV website (yes they rat themselves out), but in newspapers too. People fly down the roads, then suddenly traffic slows down to a crawl. Duh

Jon this is one of the very few funny police stories I've heard in many moons. Rated with a giggle
Sheila betting ChiCops are Just As Hilarious. :)
Thanks for the fun post!!!
Rated with a smile.
and a seven,my favourite number, of them.
Love the expression, "Smart Ass!" Very appropriate here. Wish I had a good cop story...have led a very cautious life when it comes to the law. Yawn...
Those cameras are unconstitutional in Minnesota.
I guess the citizen was not a TOTAL idiot! :D

yeas, the threat of the hoosgow trumps all snark.
A good chuckle on Sunday morning is always a good thing...
Not sure if true or not, but came across this purported news article recently:

Story from a Minnesota State Trooper:

I made a traffic stop on an elderly lady the other day for speeding on MN State Highway 210 at Mile Marker 197 just east of McGregor, MN.
I asked for her driver’s license, registration, and proof of insurance.

The lady took out the required information and handed it to me. In with the cards I was somewhat surprised (due to her advanced age) to see she had a Concealed Carry Permit. I looked at her and asked if she had a weapon in her possession at this time.
She responded that she indeed had a .45 automatic in her glove box.

Something…body language, or the way she said it…made me want to ask if she had any other firearms.

She did admit to having a 9mm Glock in her center console. Now I had to ask one more time if that was all. She responded once again that she did have just one more, a .38 Special in her purse.
I then asked her what she was so afraid of.

She looked me right in the eye and said, “Not a f---ing thing!”
This is priceless!!! LOL!/r
LOL, that would have been enough for me to pay also!! hehe
Funny and probably true!
Michelle some funny cops!
I remember that! Too funny. ... Happy Sunday. :)
I agree with Tg hahahah. I have some about my youngest son though that are not so funny.:( GRRRRRRRRRR
Linda me, too, re: my son.
Aah...a picture speaks a thousand words.
I've gotten a couple of those tickets, actually in your county, on Brookeville Rd. (west of Georgia Ave. in the Seminary Rd. neighborhood just inside the Beltway). When I got the first one, I forgot where the road was so it didn't occur to me where to watch myself.
I've heard that story and it made me laugh.

I got caught by one of those things on the Pennsylvania Turnpike when my E-Z Pass didn't get detected. I was all right with paying the money I was supposed to have paid, but it's a little creepy to open up the mail and receive a photo of your car going through a toll booth.
:o) thanks, Jonathan. Hadn't heard that.
Sorry, it was just a state law, not the constitution. (We sometimes don't distinguish too well between the two up here.) It was the owner liability part that I remembered - you could get a ticket when someone else had been driving your car. The camera doesn't distinguish the actual driver, i.e. the speeder.

The supreme court found that Minneapolis had disregarded a state law imposing uniformity of traffic laws across the state. The city's photo ticket program offered the accused fewer due process protections than available to motorists prosecuted for the same offense in the conventional way after having been pulled over by a policeman. The court argued that Minneapolis had, in effect, created a new type of crime: "owner liability for red-light violations where the owner neither required nor knowingly permitted the violation."
There's a link to the actual opinion in the article.
I got one of those "red light camera" tickets and challenged it under state laws and it was dismissed when the administrative hearing officer agreed that a registered owner is not liable for another motor vehicle operator's traffic violations....

Here's a true funny I heard a long time ago. A man and his wife left a bar and during some point in their drive home they were pulled over by a state trooper who stated the vehicle was swaying. The man told the trooper his vehicle swerved because his wife dropped a lit cigarette on his lap. When the trooper told the man he should be more careful with smoking passengers the wife spoke up and says, "I don't think you should argue with my husband when he's been drinking." ;)
Thanks, Crank. I've got to pay EZ Pass today because I've got a business trip to Jersey coming.