Re: Another Police Adventure
Friday after work, a friend rode to my shop. We took a ride and went to the Marina to go out on his boat. At around 11:00PM we headed home on Rt 36, a 4 lane divided highway between the Garden State Parkway and the Shore. We are fooling around a little at red lights, launching and running through 2nd with nobody on the road EXCEPT for the unmarked car coming the other way. We never saw the cop and after I killed my freind by 50 bike lenghts, (he doesn't ride a Honda) we slowed down, stopped at 3 red lights and were in the next town over, Middletown. You generally do nothing wrong in Middletown, these guys are serious! We reach a traffic light and I notice 4 police cars in every direction and can see they're looking at me. We cross the intersection and as I'm watching a cop on the other side of the highway, one pulls up behind my freind and pulls him over. I start moving to the shoulder and a cop that was hiding in a parking lot comes flying out and almost hits me, then hits the cherries. I was already stopping and pulled over about 500 feet from my freind. 4 more Crown Vic's come flying in and surround my bike. Holsters were unbuttoned. I shut down and get off the bike the cop walks up and says 'trying to run' I'm thinking 'you're trying to kill me' and I still don't know why I've been stopped. He then says 'I didn't tell you to get off the bike' I said, 'You will want my liscense Reg and INS and I have to get off to get them for you.' I asked him if 2 guys on bikes just robbed a bank and he told me 'No 2 Jerk Offs are just riding like they did!' Now I know it's serious and why we're stopped. The cop from the other town pulled up to my freind and after talking to him calmed down and only wrote him a Careless. He comes up to me and the cop that 'Caught' me ran my paperwork, and gave it to him, he started writing in the ticket book and one of the cops I was chatting with on the side of the road walked over and told him my brother is on the job. He walks over to me asks how I'm doing, I say 'not as good as you'! He tells me, 'I'm a detective stuck working midnight patrol because we're short handed.' So I figure we're about even. He asks if my brother's a cop, I say yes and he calls me an a$$ hole because he already wrote my freind and would let us go if he knew. I told him to do what he has to and I got a Careless ticket too. If I have my brother call him for me, he'll drop it in court.
Overall, I got to meet a bunch of officers, most were really cool except for the one that pulled me over. I must live in a good area since we had the attention of 11 cops from 2 different towns on a Friday night. I don't think I was careless, but agreed with the cop that 80MPH (his estimation) is a bit much even on an empty highway. I also think the siezure laws need to change, The police are using siezed vehicles on patrol so it's almost impossible to pick them out. If I ride aggressively I should keep it up longer, I was only a mile from my town and if I ran one yellow light I would have made it there and been in no trouble at all.