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Unread 07-13-2011, 12:32 PM   #46
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Back in the late '80's (we were 19 at the time) I'm in my CJ-5 with a buddy driving from Atlanta to Memphis via back highways. About 11 PM at night we stop at a gas station in Cullman, AL, fill up, and get back on the road. Ten minutes later a State Trooper pulls me over, asks me if we have a cooler in the Jeep and, after confirming we did, he asked if he could see in it. I pull it out to let him look through it and after he's finished he proceeds to start cussing under his breath. I asked him what the problem was and he told us the lady running the gas station had seen two young kids drinking beer while filling up a Jeep in the middle of the night. It turns out the lady was only partially right. We had a cooler full of IBC Root Beer because we couldn't get it in Memphis at the time. He apologized and sent us on our way. We laughed about that for hours!
I was stopped when I was 16 while drinking an IBC Root beer.

Cop: Son, why are you drinking and driving?

Me: But sir, its an IBC root beer!

Cop: Crap!, carry on, be careful.

Needless to say, I never drank those while driving again.

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Unread 07-13-2011, 12:40 PM   #47
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best use of company time so far today! cant wait to get my 78 CJ5 back on the road. never got to get in much trouble when I bought it out of a junkyard when I was 15...but I did get a nice lecture from a county cop(also the officer that hung around the school after we were let out) after i gently nudged a lowered Honda CRX over a speed bump that he was stuck on...can i help that his rear glass shattered? oops! i think he was more interested in searching the other kids car since it was known that he sold aftermarket "medicines"
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Unread 07-13-2011, 12:43 PM   #48
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I was in Tucson for the winter. I had just rebuilt the carb and went for a check ride. I got to a stop light and was the 4th or 5th vehicle in line. I pulled over on the sand, steeply angled shoulder, drove up to the intersection and turned right. Cop car across the street flips on the lights, u-turns and stopped me.
Lady cop comes up and tells me I couldn't do that if there was a curb there. I cracked up and told her "Its a Jeep." She backed up a couple feet and giggled. Took her wheeling that weekend and made her giggle even more.
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Unread 07-13-2011, 01:09 PM   #49
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I was in Tucson for the winter. I had just rebuilt the carb and went for a check ride. I got to a stop light and was the 4th or 5th vehicle in line. I pulled over on the sand, steeply angled shoulder, drove up to the intersection and turned right. Cop car across the street flips on the lights, u-turns and stopped me.
Lady cop comes up and tells me I couldn't do that if there was a curb there. I cracked up and told her "Its a Jeep." She backed up a couple feet and giggled. Took her wheeling that weekend and made her giggle even more.
Kind of remind me when my uncle got arrested for having a loaded .44 mag under his seat spent the day in jail, but after meet with the DA he took her on a date and got his mag back.

There was another time he came back after dove hunting, had loaded shot guns and unloaded beer cans everywhere the officer started flipping out about the gun my uncle laughed and said what about all the beer cans? To bad we where on private property the whole time. The officers where only there to escort an ambulance hauling the neighbor to the er we just wanted to see what was going on. The older officer just laughed and let us go on.

Personally I got pulled over after fixing my clutch I made a right hand turn and saw some light about half a mile behind me my next turn was only 300 yards ahead so I proceeded to make my turn after doing so I sped up after realizing the officer turned in behind me I pulled over...in a hurry, as I did a second cop flies around the corner ahead of me I'm scarred thinking the officer believed I was running from him which I wasn't. Well the officer waves backup to leave and walks to my window where I had the essintiels ready and waiting for him, he says in a very stern voice, "do you have any idea how fast you where going!" I say "fast enough to get pulled over." He says "why where you driving so fast?" to which I say "I'm just excited to be driving my jeep again I just fixed the clutch." he goes "ARE YOU KIDDING MY YOU ARE DRIVING A BROKEN VEHICLE DOWN THE ROAD." I said "no I am driving a fixed vehicle down the road." he calls my DL number in as well as my plates I hear no prior no warrants, he comes back "I could wright you several tickets, one for 52 in 40 and the other for 53 in a 30, wreckless endangerment,(because I was in a neighborhood)" he could have arrested me probably I got off with a verbal warning to slow down. My family didn't believe me but I was being very proper and yes sir no sir, so I think that helped.
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Unread 07-13-2011, 03:02 PM   #50
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In the early 1990's I moved from Massachusetts to California for a job with Prudential, and brought my 1980 CJ7 with me. I ended up getting a California license, but never registered the Jeep because I never in a million years would have passed inspection. One day, after wheeling in the shadows of Folsom Prison (Lake Folsom was almost dry from drought) I got pulled over by a very young police officer from Folsom. He had an older officer with him and I suspected it was training day...

The reason for pulling me over was that he thought i didn't have a seatbelt on, which I did (lap belts) but hadn't seen it. He then proceded to take my license and registration anyway, and did a long, thorough walk around the jeep. After about 10 minutes, he came back and said: I could cite you for all of the following: 1) failure to signal (I hadn't used my turn signal when I pulled over for him); 2) a cracked windshield (true); 3) expired Massachusetts inspection sticker (true); 4) failure to register vehicle in state of california in timely fashion (probably true); 5) tire width exceeding vehicle width (yeah, but is that a real violation?); 6) driving lights not covered (yep, but really?); 7) and no apparent emissions equipment (yah). He then asked me the oddest question: "how do you feel about that?" I said that "I would feel a lot better if you didn't write a ticket."

Thankfully, the sage partner stepped in and told the young one to move on -- "It'll take you all day to write up that ticket. Let's get something to eat."
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Unread 07-13-2011, 03:13 PM   #51
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The number of times I've been pulled over... the number of times I've been threatened. I don't even like to think about it. I don't have any love for cops. I don't even call them for emergencies or crimes any more, just not worth it.
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Unread 07-13-2011, 03:40 PM   #52
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...I am in an MP Company, have been in the same company for the past 2 years. I am a dinosaur here. Everyone knows me and doesn't mess with me.

I am in a 1151 and I just come on post after driving from the dmz all the way back down south....12+ hour drive with on 15 minute stop to fuel and water the grass. So I'm kinda tired. I was in the field for the past month and a half and out of smokes, I was in no mood for stupid people..

Anyways, just pulled on post and I am driving to turn in the weapons, we had a 2 squads worth of weapons in the thing. Multiple 249's, 240's, M2's, mk19's, m4's, m9's and a ammo trailer with some left over. Why we didn't finish it all I don't know.

Just seconds after leaving the gate I hear a faint sound of sirens, its a MP pulling me over. I think to myself, why are they messing with me, they know my truck numbers, this is my truck they know me and I wasn't doing anything wrong.

I pull over but have to back into a small spot to avoid blocking traffic. The MP in the vehicle starts screaming over the PA as to why my passenger got out and went to the back of my vehicle. All the while he was only going to ground guide my into this spot. At the same time this MP is throwing a absolute hissy fit. Finally get the vehicle parked.

MP walks up and starts screaming in my tiny opened up-armored 1151, looking like a total idiot cause I can't hear a word (still wearing my headset lol) and he wouldn't let me open the door. He then opens my door and my m9 was sitting there...holstered. He flips out and thinks im going to kill the guy so he orders me to remove it...I comply.

He then proceeds to search my 1151, from there interrogates me as to why I have so many weapons and ammunition. All the while thinking I am a terrorist/impostor because I don't have a hair cut and am dirty beyond belief. The guy tries to write me a ticket....and CONFISCATE my weapons!!!! I tell him he can have them once I sign them over to him. He flips yet again....

Proceeds to call back up, back up arrives running code. The guy didn't specify that it was a military vehicle in question with soldiers...so backup is thinking armageddon is here. Back up simple says on the PA for the kiddo to do push ups....and to give me his duty belt while he does.

Turns out he was a brand new private that was more gung ho then ghengis khan on steroids, and the idiot didn't know who he just pissed off. He was one of those..."my uncle is a SGM, Im better then you" privates.

He learned his lesson when I asked patrol supp. to make sure he "learns how to conduct patrol duties". He went from days one day, to mids the next then to swings....for about 2 weeks straight. He learned quick!!

Who pulls over a hmmwv!! Let alone for no reason, he never gave me one!!

Not so much something stupid a cop told me, kinda long and drawn out. But it just shows, some people are stupid!!!
My favorite MP line is, "Sergeant, your rank does not supercede my authority".

Do they teach you guys that in AIT? I've heard it a bunch of times, especially when I was at 10th SFG(A) at Carson (MP's didn't like Group guys for some reason).

My answer is, "It may not supercede your authority, but you damn well better give my rank the respect it deserves, Private". Air Force Security Forces do the same thing where I'm stationed at now. I've had a discussion with the Desk Sergeant about it, and the one little punk who got lippy with me one day pulled gate duty for a while. I guess it pays to be the Battalion S2 NCOIC and friends with right people.

I respect the authority, but disrespecting the rank is uncalled for; there's no reason to be a peckerhead.

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Unread 07-13-2011, 03:44 PM   #53
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Unread 07-13-2011, 06:35 PM   #54
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I was hired as a Police Officer when I was 24 (now 28). I had done two tours in Iraq before being hired. Actually... all three of us that were hired then are Veterans. Somewhere around 60% of my 30 man department are Veterans.

It's a shame the rookies in your area are driving you nuts but I think that saying the REAL COPS are overseas is unfair to a lot of individuals like myself. I am a Patrolman and a SWAT Operator. I don't think that my job is glamorous nor is it the "be all, end all". I am no better than anyone else, just another sheepdog protecting the flock from the wolves. I try to remember that in my day-to-day interactions with the Public. Treat people how they treat you.

And THANK GOD traffic is not a huge portion of my daily work because I would go nuts. People do not like being pulled over, and especially for an illegitimate reason. I know it happens.

Just thought I'd defend myself and fellow LEO's that deserve it.
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Unread 07-13-2011, 07:16 PM   #55
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Well, shull360CJ7, you are allowed your opinion,
This was supposed to be about the 'Barney Fife' moments when you drive your Jeep.

I don't cop bash as a norm, just thought it was a couple of funny stories...

And calling me out isn't a good idea,
If this hurt your feelings, then you REALLY don't want to hear the really bad stuff...
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Unread 07-13-2011, 07:27 PM   #56
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In my last job I worked with the local sheriff’s department and state troopers. Most are great guys and very professional but you could always tell the new guys as for one; they did the paperwork (school bus accidents) and two; they were always ready to write tickets (more paperwork). The veterans of both departments were very mindful of the public and conducted themselves accordingly but the new guy seemed to have something to prove or was out to save the world. It was amazing though, after about year to eighteen months the new guy would calm down.
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Unread 07-13-2011, 07:29 PM   #57
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My Dad was a Texas state trooper when I was young. He told me to be as polite and honest as possible. Have all the necessaries ready for the officer when he reaches your window. I have followed his advice explicitly and gotten away with it. When I was younger, I was pulled over numerous times. Every vehicle I had was of questionable quatity, and worthy of suspicion. I was polite and accommodating and never got a ticket. Used to drive my friends nuts.
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Unread 07-13-2011, 07:37 PM   #58
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Well, shull360CJ7, you are allowed your opinion,
This was supposed to be about the 'Barney Fife' moments when you drive your Jeep.

I don't cop bash as a norm, just thought it was a couple of funny stories...

And calling me out isn't a good idea,
If this hurt your feelings, then you REALLY don't want to hear the really bad stuff...
Well my feelings aren't hurt, I'm a big boy. Just stating how I felt. And I wasn't "calling you out", it's not my intent to start a cyber fight or come across as a jerk. My bad. And I hope your friend makes it home to his family safe and sound VERY soon.
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Unread 07-13-2011, 08:17 PM   #59
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i have never had an issue with police officers in any jeep i have ever owned. so, can i use a story from when i had my karmann ghia? cool thanks guys

i had a metallic blue and birght yellow paint job on my 71 ghia. it was split from the front of hte door bottom to the top of the door rear, blue on the back end. it had a stinger exhaust (which translates to straight pipe sticking out the back, like a wasp stinger) i was driving and the lights flip on and i think, oh great, another ticket. i had a bunch by this time. anyways, i pull over, and get the paperwork ready. i hang my hands out the window because this car is lowered and the windows are dark and its about 1130 at night so i know it doesn't look good. about 3 minutes later another cop car pulls up behind hte first. then another 5 minutes and another one pulls up in front of me. i am getting worried now, i have never been in jail, ha ha ha. another 5 minutes and a cop pulls up across the street. i am very nervous now. finally, a guy comes walking up and asks me, what kind of car i am driving? i say its a 71 volkswagen karmann ghia. he yells back, you guys are all wrong, its a volkswagen. and then tells me he pulled me over because he had never seen a car like this before and his buddies were betting on what it was. i was kind of pissed off now because it was midnight but since i knew if they looked, i would get a ticket because my brake lights didn't work, only the parking lights worked on the back so i kept a straight face. he tells me to have a nice night and they all drive off.

made me so mad that i didn't fix those damn brake lights for another two years.
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Unread 07-13-2011, 08:42 PM   #60
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^^^Now why can't you make a complaint about that kind of stop? The police don't know that maybe you are in a hurry to stop a suicide or something, not even breaking the law, and they are so bored that they stop you to find out what kind of car you are driving? Its BS and an abuse of the powers we grant them as civil servants....like running over the speed limit to get to the donut shop.
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