Another equipment stop in my home town

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Another equipment stop in my home town

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Post by Jusme » Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:28 pm

A few nights ago, I was heading home from my MIL house, with my son riding shotgun. I was obeying speed limits, and had signaled properly with every traffic maneuver I made, so I was somewhat surprised, when the SUV behind me suddenly turned on its red and blue flashing lights. I pulled over, turned on my interior light, rolled down my window and waited for the officer. A very young male officer, came up to my window, and informed me that I had a tail light out, and asked for my DL, and insurance. I told him they were in my left hip pocket, and he said ok. I handed him the requested items along with my LTC, since I was OC my full size M&P 9. The officer asked if I was carrying, and when I answered yes, he asked where it was, and I told him. He went back to his vehicle, and in a few minutes returned, with a warning citation( which he said was required by State law) he then said he would show me the offending, malfunctioning, tail light. I opened my door, and got out. The officer, I assume to put as much space between himself and my gun, backed up so far, I was afraid he was going to step back into traffic. I told him to be careful, not to get hit. I never put my hand near my gun, nor made any sudden moves, but he stayed well away from me. He pointed out the tail light, and I promised to get it repaired. The stop went well, and the officer was polite, but I found it somewhat amusing that he felt so threatened, that he nearly got hit by a car. If I had made any sudden moves, he would have definitely gotten hit.
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Re: Another equipment stop in my home town

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Post by Boxerrider » Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:54 pm

I'm surprised he had you get out of the car. I was pulled over several months ago for a bad headlight, several years before that for a bad headlight, and a few years before that for a bad license plate light. All warnings, and I was never asked to leave the vehicle. I suppose if you were issued a fine then it makes sense for you to see that the bulb is in fact not functioning, but otherwise I believe it is safer for everyone to keep the driver in the vehicle, whether they are carrying a firearm or not. I am glad it all ended well!

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Re: Another equipment stop in my home town

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Post by Jusme » Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:06 pm

Boxerrider wrote:
Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:54 pm
I'm surprised he had you get out of the car. I was pulled over several months ago for a bad headlight, several years before that for a bad headlight, and a few years before that for a bad license plate light. All warnings, and I was never asked to leave the vehicle. I suppose if you were issued a fine then it makes sense for you to see that the bulb is in fact not functioning, but otherwise I believe it is safer for everyone to keep the driver in the vehicle, whether they are carrying a firearm or not. I am glad it all ended well!
Yeah I though it was unusual as well, but this particular LEO was very young probably just 21, and was very nervous. I don't know if he forgot that I told him that I was carrying, or not, but as soon as my right side came into view, he backed away very quickly, and I was seriously afraid he was going to back into traffic. I don't know if he thought I might draw on him, for giving me a warning, for a bad tail light, but it struck me as funny. Fortunately, where I pulled over there was a wide shoulder, in front of an abandoned gas station, so I was pretty far off the road. but he backed up about 15 feet, just as a car was passing
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Re: Another equipment stop in my home town

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Post by ScottDLS » Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:24 pm

We’ve got a dim license plate light and a crooked registration sticker, time to call the K-9 unit and our drug dog “Lex”. -LivePD :biggrinjester:
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