Thursday, July 16, 2009
The officer knew it was going to be a difficult stop. The guy's registration was expired, didn't have his driver's license with him, and didn't have any insurance. Yet, since it wasn't his car he didn't think he should be given any tickets. So when it comes time to sign the ticket he refuses to sign and demands the officer's supervisor. The supervisor is 20 miles away trying to catch up on paperwork when the officer calls. Not surprisingly, the supervisor is already irritated that he is behind and now he has to make a 20 mile drive because some fool doesn't want to sign the ticket. State law says if a violator refuses to sign the ticket the officer shall bring him/her immediately before a magistrate. Meaning the violator is arrested and brought to jail and will see a judge during the next court session. The law also says if the officer does not then he/she can lose their job. Some departments do not know this. They say write 'refused to sign' on the ticket and let the violator go. Even when they were made aware of this some administrators still haven't comprehended that. Anyhow, the officer tells the man a supervisor is coming and then says he has to leave and cannot wait! This guy demanded the supervisor to start with and when one comes he wants to leave. What kind of game is he playing here? He must have been trying to bully the officer by trying to make his job more difficult and intimidate him into giving up. The officer goes ahead and arrests the man for refusing to sign the citation. When the supervisor gets there the guy claims to be a former cop (so he should know better than to refuse to sign the ticket.). He denies he refused to sign the citation, he claims the officer never asked him to yet on the video the officer is handing him the ticket to sign and the guy won't shut up. I'm still trying to figure out what this guy's strategy was. Instead of driving off with three tickets he went to jail for refusing to give his promise to appear.