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Old 01-01-2014, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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You (supposedly) ran over his foot and only got a ticket?? Consider yourself lucky that he didn't go off and start shooting at you with his pistol...
We are dealing with Northern VA cops, not PG County or LAPD cops.
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Old 01-01-2014, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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Just another cop looking for early retirement/disability. I saw in the Washington Post where 80% of the cops in Montgomery County retire on disability (I realize MoCo is in Maryland....but these guys are all the same). Sorry you're going through this. You might need to get a lawyer. In the interim, write down everything you can recall now (time you got home, the amount of time lapsed between the ticket and the knock on the door).

I believe your numbers are a little high there but MD unfortunately has a union and unions have gotten out of hand in some places. Don't come in here comparing what's happening in MD with what's happening in VA. Big difference skipper.
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Old 01-01-2014, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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I was annoyed that this officer was asking me questions that did not pertain to the traffic violation (i.e., where are you going, where are you coming from, were you drinking, where do you live).

I replied, "Sir, I was speeding. Please write the ticket so I can be on my way." I will admit, I should not have said that.

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They ask these added questions to ascertain you are not driving under the influence. If you can answer them coherently, it won't escalate to a sobriety test.
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Old 01-01-2014, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Centreville, VA
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So you were there and the OP is automatically correct?
The OP has nothing to gain by posting here and lying about the basic facts, so my opinion is the following:

Even if the OP peeled out and sprayed gravel over the cop and ran over his foot, he should have put his lights on and pulled the OP over immediately. To show up at the OP's house substantially later and issue a ticket is passive-aggressive and rather unprofessional in my opinion. If the cop arrives 5 minutes later, I get that.

Drew
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Old 01-01-2014, 03:16 PM
 
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They ask these added questions to ascertain you are not driving under the influence. If you can answer them coherently, it won't escalate to a sobriety test.
I had no idea. Now, I know.
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Old 01-02-2014, 02:01 AM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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They ask these added questions to ascertain you are not driving under the influence. If you can answer them coherently, it won't escalate to a sobriety test.
There are additional reasons as well but this also applies.
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Old 01-02-2014, 05:14 AM
 
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I've never been pulled over and NOT been asked additional questions. Usually, the first thing they say when they walk up to my car is, "Do you know why I pulled you over?"

Whether the cop told you you were free to go or not doesn't make it HIS responsibility to get out of your way. In what world does a pedestrian not have the right of way over a driver? And he probably didn't issue the reckless driving summons on the spot because,well, you'd already driven away while he was still standing outside away from his vehicle. In the time it would have taken for him to register what had just happened, decide to follow you, get to and in his car (by which time there may have been additional traffic not allowing him to safely pull out right away), and chase you down, you may have been already gone. You said yourself you were only 10 minutes from your home, and he had just taken down your information, so he knew this, so why create an additional rushed and potentially dangerous situation?

I'd hate to hear how the situation went down if he HAD chased you down immediately without any time to cool off. I'd personally be pretty pissed if someone almost drove over my foot, and after your initial curt interaction, I could see the second encounter quickly escalating.
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Old 01-02-2014, 07:15 AM
 
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Initially cop might have thought of forgiving you when you almost ran over his foot. Might have even shared it with his partner. But to avoid such incidents in the future (or even worse) and to teach you a lesson, he might have come later to your home to issue a ticket. You could have had little more patience and answered his questions. Cops ask these questions for a reason, to check if you are ok or not under the influence of alcohol or drugs etc.

Remember one thing, not all shoulders are wide enough to accommodate your car and the cop and a little bit of safe distance for the cop from on-coming traffic. You should have considered if Cop got to his car or near his car safely before you left.

Haven't you heard of cops getting hurt by on-coming traffic during such citation stops?

And it's a lesson to fellow online members too as everyone would take precautionary measure from next time when they are in such a situation.

Hope you learned your lesson and your lawyer helps you to overcome this.
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Old 01-02-2014, 11:23 AM
 
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The OP has nothing to gain by posting here and lying about the basic facts, so my opinion is the following:

Even if the OP peeled out and sprayed gravel over the cop and ran over his foot, he should have put his lights on and pulled the OP over immediately. To show up at the OP's house substantially later and issue a ticket is passive-aggressive and rather unprofessional in my opinion. If the cop arrives 5 minutes later, I get that.

Drew
I agree with your statement.
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Old 01-02-2014, 12:50 PM
 
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Answer honestly : did you pull away very fast when he said you were free to go? Or did you carefully check your surroundings and pull away slowly?

I'm just curious. Even if you pulled away very quickly, I still think it's a little obnoxious to show up at your house and give you a reckless ticket, unless you really endangered the officer. Which you may have done if you did it when he was standing right next to your car. The problem is you say you aren't aware where the cop was when you pulled away. I'm in my 30s and haven't had a ticket in a long time, but there are cops out there on a power trip and enjoy exercising that power. It sucks when you have to deal with them. There are also cops who are very level headed and pleasant to deal with.
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