Avoided the Texas DPS BBQ pit

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Headed east out of Amarillo today, there was a three bear trap set up by groom, I detected them on the V1 about two miles out, had the cruise set at 77. Passed the tahoe by sitting in the median, seen he had two more friends waiting ahead up the road, I cut off onto old us 66 and I saw he started following me. I went past the loves and cut left over a bridge, I head down a dirt road about 45 and kick up a cloud, he lights me up, next thing I know I have three dps cars behind me and he lights me up and tells me to let him see my hands, fair enough, my windows are dark. I proceed to get grilled with questions and yelled at that I had no business being on that road. It was a public road, so I was breaking no laws, he writes me a warning for 80 anyways and the license plate covers. Runs my license etc.

Seems like they got all bent out of shape because I didn't go through the funnel like all the rest of the sheeple and he wanted to make an example out of me but I had done nothing wrong, all he really had on me was an equipment violation with the license plate cover, which I took off.
Mass over reaction I believe on their part. I didn't have my camera plugged in but I had jbv1 going logging the radar hits.
 

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Sheesh.

"Don't poke the bear" now includes:

Don't allow the bear to know you are bypassing the bear, otherwise not caressing the poor bear will be interpreted to be the same as poking the bear.
 

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Playing devil's advocate here, but doing this makes them suspicious that you are up to something.. like maybe a drug mule etc when you're the odd man out trying to avoid them. I'm not saying it's right, but it is what it is.
 

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It sounds like you get a lot of miles in, but you also have more than your fair share of encounters. ?
:hmm:

It would have been interesting to hear their side on a scanner. At least you only ended up with a warning.
Thanks for posting.
 
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Damn, love your style!!! I'm the same way; if I don't like your game, I just won't play.

On a side note, is it possible to contest a written warning? Those can turn into tickets if you get busted within the next 6 months (I think). This is where dashcams and scanners are invaluable. Keep up the good work!

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On a side note, is it possible to contest a written warning? Those can turn into tickets if you get busted within the next 6 months (I think).
They definitely don’t in Texas. The only question is whether they’re visible in any systems and if so for how long. I don’t know the answer for sure to that one, only heard speculation.
 

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They definitely don’t in Texas. The only question is whether they’re visible in any systems and if so for how long. I don’t know the answer for sure to that one, only heard speculation.
In the cops computers? Citation history, warnings, license status, criminal history, warrants, and caution indicators.
 

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Warnings going back 30 days? 6 months? 20 years? Lifetime?

I remember one time maybe about 8 or 10 years ago riding with my dad on personal business in the family Tahoe in the middle of nowhere vaguely in the Freer area, well before I got him started on CMs, some county mounty pulled us over and ignored my dad’s badge (federal). They usually just say hey be safe out there and maybe slow it down in this area and turn him loose. This guy went back, ran everything, kept us on the side of the road for a good while, and came back with a written warning. Annoyed the fire out of my dad, especially since he went through that area all the time on official business. We both wondered if it stuck in any system (this was carbon copied notepad stuff, not electronic, so definitely not immediate), but I don’t think he ever bothered tracking it down.

Even before he retired he ended up getting a crappy cobra to throw on the windshield of his Vette when driving around town just to avoid the local jackasses who weren’t always so keen on his job description in the first place.

Side note, he did have to threaten a podunk fudd once back in the day with putting him in handcuffs and leaving him for others to come get if he didn’t let him go immediately. The fudd was incensed that he was speeding down a country highway on route to intercept and tail a suspect as part of a major case and told him he could eat his federal creds for all he cared, except not so politely. That incident caused a few phone calls to be made and some liaisons to reach out and smooth things over and ensure a greater degree of future interdepartmental cooperation :D
 

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Warnings going back 30 days? 6 months? 20 years? Lifetime?

I remember one time maybe about 8 or 10 years ago riding with my dad on personal business in the family Tahoe in the middle of nowhere vaguely in the Freer area, well before I got him started on CMs, some county mounty pulled us over and ignored my dad’s badge (federal). They usually just say hey be safe out there and maybe slow it down in this area and turn him loose. This guy went back, ran everything, kept us on the side of the road for a good while, and came back with a written warning. Annoyed the fire out of my dad, especially since he went through that area all the time on official business. We both wondered if it stuck in any system (this was carbon copied notepad stuff, not electronic, so definitely not immediate), but I don’t think he ever bothered tracking it down.

Even before he retired he ended up getting a crappy cobra to throw on the windshield of his Vette when driving around town just to avoid the local jackasses who weren’t always so keen on his job description in the first place.

Side note, he did have to threaten a podunk fudd once back in the day with putting him in handcuffs and leaving him for others to come get if he didn’t let him go immediately. The fudd was incensed that he was speeding down a country highway on route to intercept and tail a suspect as part of a major case and told him he could eat his federal creds for all he cared, except not so politely. That incident caused a few phone calls to be made and some liaisons to reach out and smooth things over and ensure a greater degree of future interdepartmental cooperation :D
Officer Brown down here in HPD has a rep for writing up cops. My traffic lawyer told me some guys do that because they think it's a quick route to supervisor. So it's not entirely unusual.
 

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Warnings going back 30 days? 6 months? 20 years? Lifetime?

I remember one time maybe about 8 or 10 years ago riding with my dad on personal business in the family Tahoe in the middle of nowhere vaguely in the Freer area, well before I got him started on CMs, some county mounty pulled us over and ignored my dad’s badge (federal). They usually just say hey be safe out there and maybe slow it down in this area and turn him loose. This guy went back, ran everything, kept us on the side of the road for a good while, and came back with a written warning. Annoyed the fire out of my dad, especially since he went through that area all the time on official business. We both wondered if it stuck in any system (this was carbon copied notepad stuff, not electronic, so definitely not immediate), but I don’t think he ever bothered tracking it down.

Even before he retired he ended up getting a crappy cobra to throw on the windshield of his Vette when driving around town just to avoid the local jackasses who weren’t always so keen on his job description in the first place.

Side note, he did have to threaten a podunk fudd once back in the day with putting him in handcuffs and leaving him for others to come get if he didn’t let him go immediately. The fudd was incensed that he was speeding down a country highway on route to intercept and tail a suspect as part of a major case and told him he could eat his federal creds for all he cared, except not so politely. That incident caused a few phone calls to be made and some liaisons to reach out and smooth things over and ensure a greater degree of future interdepartmental cooperation :D
I received a written warning two years ago from Arkansas SP. It would have been a citation except it ended up being a dad from my daughter's softball team. He told me any repeat offense (following too closely) within 6 mo. and the warning would turn into a citation. I know they track them but how long is the question.

Side note: I wasn't following too closely. It was 5:30 rush hour and he was camped in the right lane -10 PSL. As you can imagine, everyone else was doing the same. When opportunity stuck, I passed I'm the left lane at about 75 trying not to linger beside the semi in the middle lane. He immediately jumped three lanes, dropped in behind and lit me up. I was professional but not courteous. Dude told me at ball practice that he enjoyed roughing folks up. I suggested he go ahead and cite me as he was only "doing his job" but he declined.

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I like your style.
 

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I received a written warning two years ago from Arkansas SP. It would have been a citation except it ended up being a dad from my daughter's softball team. He told me any repeat offense (following too closely) within 6 mo. and the warning would turn into a citation.
Based on the rest of your story this dude sounds like a real dick. What he told you sounds like a scare tactic. It seems unworkable and unlikely to be legally sound, a twisted version of deferred disposition/adjudication but without a conviction. I would double check the laws in Arkansas. You should be fine.
 

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Based on the rest of your story this dude sounds like a real dick. What he told you sounds like a scare tactic. It seems unworkable and unlikely to be legally sound, a twisted version of deferred disposition/adjudication but without a conviction. I would double check the laws in Arkansas. You should be fine.
Yeah, definitely not the type you wanted to be on the wrong side of. This reminded me of another conversation when he said, and I quote "everyone is a criminal they just may not have been caught yet." I asked him how that applied to LEOs and he said they are some of the worst criminals he knows. It was probably one of the few times I agreeded with him.

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It sounds like you get a lot of miles in, but you also have more than your fair share of encounters. ?
:hmm:

It would have been interesting to hear their side on a scanner. At least you only ended up with a warning.
Thanks for posting.
They encrypted awhile back. I wish I had my camera running. I'll be dumping this car soon anyways. If I was a mule I would've just rolled right on by them. Act like you belong and nobody bats an eye. They got pissy because I was wise to their trap. Any citations are lifetime.
 
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Something similar happened to me in New Mexico a couple years ago. Was attempting to circumvent what I thought was an accident up ahead, then got pulled over after one of the cops ahead saw me flip a 180 then turn off on a side road. Apparently it was a checkpoint looking for drunk drivers AND poached meat (rural NM).
 

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I'm going to make damn sure i take that bypass now Everytime I go through there just to rub it under their skin