Got stopped in my Jeep in Bangkok by the cops a few years ago. Now this is hardly unusual, a shakedown and a few Baht change hands and off you go. Except I do not pay which usually causes them a real problem as it means they have to spend hours filling out paper work, that could be spent shaking down motorists. Most times I get away with it.
My opinion of traffic cops could not be lower, they are scumbags, but sometimes they know what they are talking about. On the up side they get paid buttons and in Bangkok you need a reasonable income to live and so do their wives, children mistresses etc. hence shake downs are an accepted means of supplementing that income.
Now in Thailand there are several stickers you need on your windscreen, they are in Thai and look very official and are for insurance, tax etc. They are annual so one year my new insurance sticker turns up and I slap it in the Jeep.
Coming through the expressway booth the next day I get pulled over by a cop. "You got no tax" was his opening statement. Now, being one of the largest contributirs to the Royal Thai Government coffers (honestly) at the time I took exception to this.
"No!!!! You wrong, me pay" motioning towards my windscreen tax sticker in an an imperious manner.
"No no, no tax"
I told him I only spoke English at this stage, it seemed safer and often works. However this did not stop him, he started puling vehicles over at random and got a collection of frightened Thai motorists and their vehicles in a line up. He marched down the line pointing at one sticker on each screen, except one where he started ranting at the poor fella driving.
After a while it dawned on me that maybe these guys had a slightly different set of squiggles on their stickers (apart from that one guy). Oh crap, he has got me, I have two insurance stickers but no tax, I must have changed the wrong one.
I decided at that point honesty was the best policy "Oh, not my car, wife's. She Thai, she make big mistake." (Not true on most points but best I could think of)
This put the poor guy in the position of admitting that Thais must be stupid and illiterate, something he would not admit in front of a foreigner.
At which point, honour done, he let the queue of traffic disperse and let me go with a warning. "You pay tax krup"
And that is the best story I can tell about driving in SE Asia that would be allowed on this Forum. Driving in Thailand for years was fun, I discovered how to open beer bottles with my car keys whilst driving there.... obviously for my passengers. In Indonesia it has always been about not paying off cops, easy as mine is an ex MP Jeep with a General's name on the log book. In Malaysia it is about avoiding polce road blocks, in Myanamar it is avoiding being shot.