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63 in a 35. No ticket.

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Big Buckin' agate_monkey, May 4, 2007.

  1. Big Buckin' agate_monkey

    Big Buckin' agate_monkey Active Member

    Note to self: You can put other lives in danger if you have a relative near death.

    http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=3135140

    I understand she wants to make sure her father is OK, but that's not an excuse to put the lives of other drivers in danger. What happens if she causes an accident because of her excessive rate of speed and kills someone else?
    Don't agree with the cop being suspended either. She's doing 28 over, runs after getting pulled over once, and starts to pull away when he approaches a second time. SHE IS PUTTING THE LIVES OF EVERYONE ELSE IN DANGER.
     
  2. D.Sanchez

    D.Sanchez Member

    At the time how could the officer even know her story was true? At 5 or 10 mph over the limit, I'd probably take her at her word and let her go, but at nearly 30 over the limit and the fact that she fled the scene and then pulled away when he approached the second time -- I would have done the same thing the officer did.
     
  3. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    buh... buh... buh... it's important to ME so it's OK [/dumbassdriverwithasenseofpersonalentitlementwithadisregardofothers]
     
  4. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    "Cops Behaving Badly" is a poor headline. Using that for a four-on-one cop vs. civilian beating or cops soliciting hookers, fine. But it's a big stretch here and unnecessary.

    The cop said he didn't believe her, and the guy's entitled his opinion. Who knows what kind of day he had been having or how many other bullshit stories he had heard recently (granted, using dad-at-hospital-with-heart-attack to get out of a ticket has to be pretty rare). Maybe if he could have it to do over again he'd give the gal an escort to the hospital or something (that would confirm her story), but I have absolutely no problem with his actions here. He's protecting other lives by getting her off the road.
     
  5. Big Buckin' agate_monkey

    Big Buckin' agate_monkey Active Member

  6. trifectarich

    trifectarich Well-Known Member

    There's a ton of information the story doesn't include, so I can't come down hard on either side until I know all the facts. I haven't seen the videotape. What time of the night is this? Is it 6:30 when there's still a ton of people on the road, or is it 2 a.m., when the roads are empty? Wasn't she pulled over when she was very close to the hospital . . . almost on the grounds? If that's the case, I'm inclined to say the officer could have verified her story in 5 minutes. If they get to the ER and her story falls apart, then that's a different matter completely. Both sides could have handled the situation better than they did.
     
  7. Smallpotatoes

    Smallpotatoes Well-Known Member

    A few weeks ago, I was driving home from the gym, going at or maybe a little above the speed limit on a main road in residential area. Some guy in a pickup truck felt the need to pass me going about 55-60, then pass the car that was maybe about 200 yards in front of me going the same speed I was going.
    I wasn't sure if that was just some kid being a jerk or if it was a similar situation, maybe somebody really needed to get to the hospital and maybe after calling 911 was told all the other ambulances were out on other calls (kind of a far-fetched scenario, but I guess it's possible).
    I have a hard time believing I was really driving that slow, but I suppose it's all in the eyes of the beholder.
    I wish there were a cop around at the time, however.
     
  8. Oz

    Oz Active Member

    "The events that followed the initial traffic stop could have been avoided if Deputy Stabins had showed some compassion, obtained Mrs. Langston's driver's license and followed her to the emergency room to verify, or prove false, her story," Spooner wrote. "But there is no policy or rule and regulation to exercise compassion."

    I can see where he would draw that suspension based on his superiors wondering why he didn't do this.
     
  9. bigpern23

    bigpern23 Well-Known Member

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    No ticket? This guy would have thrown her out of a moving vehicle.
     
  10. markvid

    markvid Guest

    This is crap.
    Rules don't apply to her when it's convenient?
    She ran twice, anyone else would be in jail.
     
  11. PeteyPirate

    PeteyPirate Guest

    I would have done the same thing if there was a possibility my dad was dying at the hospital.
     
  12. markvid

    markvid Guest

    Had she not run the first time, let alone twice, we're not having this discussion.
    Her fault, period.
     
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