Delayed Police Visit - Is this a real thing
September 16, 2013 5:27 AM Subscribe
A police officer showed up to our house today stating that there was a complaint about reckless driving involving our vehicle. Six hours earlier. When we first hesitated to answer and asked for more details, it turns out this police officer was off duty and witnessed this supposed reckless driving. He threatened to write us a ticket when he showed up to our house. More information inside.
posted by anonymous to law & government (31 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
This is in the US. The officer said he witnessed our car driving erratically and speeding (neither is true). According to him, he didn't feel the need to write a ticket at that time (again he was off duty) or call another officer, but wanted to handle it by coming to our house to discuss. He said he would either write a ticket or give us a warning depending on our discussion with him.
My spouse remembers that we were in the left lane and there was a car in front of us that was moving along with us and eventually ended up following us for a while. When asked, the officer admitted that was the car they were in. Apparently, the officer wrote down our license plate number, waited until they were on duty later in the night, looked up our registration information then came to our house to discuss the situation. Six hours after the incident. Now, we're not reckless or particularly fast drivers. We had kids in the car, and were in no particular rush to get anywhere.
So my question is: Is this normal? Or even OK? This did not feel OK to us. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate not getting a ticket, but if it was that worrisome, why didn't he do anything about it at the time? Is there anyone to ask about this? Should I call the police station and ask if this is normal? Talk to his supervisor? Or just forget about it and be thankful we walked away without a citation?
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