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[PUBLIC] The Playful Massachusetts State Trooper - The Cover Story
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Thu, Jul. 5th, 2007 11:29 pm
[PUBLIC] The Playful Massachusetts State Trooper

In the ecosystem of the Interstate Highway System, the State Trooper is among the oddest creatures to roam the road. Just this evening I one of the stranger encounters I've every had with one. I was driving up I-495 near Exit 22. The rain was falling with moderate purpose, and there was a fair amount of spray on the road. I was taking a leisurely pace home, and therefore was in no way surprised when somebody passed me in the left lane. I was only moderately surprised to see as it came into my forward cone of vision that it was a State Police Cruiser.

I, like many people I know, reflexively take my foot off the gas and check my speed when a cruiser appears. My needle rested steadily on the 67th tick mark of my speedometer -- technically a violation, but well within the margin of error of both my instruments and any speed detection equipment the officer might be carrying. Besides, I thought, it would be quite a determined cop to pull me over for 2 miles an hour over the limit in the steadily worsening rain.

It was about this time that I noticed that the cruiser was still partially alongside me -- it hadn't completed the pass, and was actually bleeding speed. Ever since I had a State Trooper flash his lights and glare at me from alongside as I (quite legally) passed him on the Mass Turnpike, I've been hesitant to pass another cruiser, so I didn't reapply the accelerator and let myself slow down to keep from passing the cruiser on its right.

The cruiser didn't accelerate, either, and my speed kept dropping. At about 50 mph, five miles per hour above the minimum limit for the Interstate, I figured he must want to get behind me, no doubt to pull me over. So pressed down on the accelerator, coming up to 55, and let him get in behind me. I watched my rear view mirror, waiting for the blue lights to come on, and wondering what I did to deserve such attention. For about 30 or 40 seconds he followed me north on 495, before switching to the right lane and passing me at some speed (I had since accelerated to 60 mph). Shortly after he passed me, a second cruiser passed me on the left at a rather greater velocity, and the two disappeared into the distance.

I'm still not entirely sure what that episode was about, and I can only presume I was being inspected for something, such as my license plate number, although for what purpose I have no idea. I thought it might be an interesting story to share, though.

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Current Location: Worcester, MA
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purly
purly
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Fri, Jul. 6th, 2007 11:22 am (UTC)

Maybe you're suspicious. You look like a wrongdoer ;)

Ugh, I had a NH state cop stop at a light in my blind spot once, even though there was no one on the road besides us. I almost hit him when the light changed and I tried to switch lanes, but he decided he wanted to go asap. I had no idea he was there, and luckily I was slow about it or it would have been a disaster. I'm sure I would have been the one at fault too!


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verrucaria
verrucaria
E. Z.
Fri, Jul. 6th, 2007 03:05 pm (UTC)

It gets lonely on the interstate at night. I was once pulled over in VT for that very reason. I was speeding, but the cop admitted that they didn't usually pull people over if they were going below 90 mph. He also had the decency to wait till we were outside the work zone (fines doubled and all that) before turning on the blue lights. We had quite a long chat. (Apparently, I was under suspicion of smuggling drugs into Canada.)

I got away with just a warning.


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petercooperjr
petercooperjr
Peter Cooper Jr.
Fri, Jul. 6th, 2007 03:34 pm (UTC)

Maybe your hopping into and out of the country was a bit suspicious.


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