Today on my way to work, I was pulled over by a city cop. This was the first time I’ve been pulled over in 21 years of driving and the whole thing freaked me out.
I was driving east on a busy 6 lane street. I was in the right lane, with my blinker on indicating that I’m turning left onto a one way street. While I’m waiting for the light, I notice that a police car is sitting in the inside lane of the westbound lanes, lights on. There is a uniformed officer behind the wheel. Then, I notice a guy standing in one of the travel lanes of the street that I’m wanting to turn on. (it should be noted that the guy was not wearing a uniform). So, I go ahead and turn right after the light changes. I glance in my rear view mirror and see the non uniformed guy running toward the police car and they haul ass after me with lights on. I pull over and the non uniformed guy gets out of the passenger side and proceeds to very loudly ask me why I made that right turn at such a high rate of speed. He also said that he was a police officer and he was directing traffic and I shouldn’t have “disobeyed” his direction. I told him that I didn’t realize he was a cop and that I had thought there had been an accident and he was just a bystander. He said, “wrong, I’m a cop!!!”. I told him that there was no way I could have known that. Then I started to get mad for the way I was being treated. I decided to shut up, since I didn’t want to get this cop more pissed. In the end, he told me to start paying more attention to my surroundings and to start obeying “authority” figures. He also said that he was doing me a big favor by not giving me a ticket…i.e. my insurance rates would go sky high, etc
There were a lot of things I wanted to ask the cop, but I remembered something I heard on tv, “You can’t talk your way out of a ticket, but you can talk your way into one”. I’m still a bit puzzled as to what I was supposed to do? Am I now to assume that every person I see standing in the street is a non-uniformed cop and I must follow his orders?
Hope this is the right forum for this.