A middle aged man was really enjoying a drive down a country road in Indiana when he inadvertently drove through a police speed trap.
He had only purchased his Mercedes convertible a few days beforehand, and as it was a perfect day for driving in the country, with no cars on the road, he had taken off in the Mercedes, the top down, flooring the accelerator so that the car sped up to over 80 mph, well over the speed limit.
He was just enjoying the wind blowing through what little hair he had left on his head, when to his horror he looked in his rear view mirror and there was a State Trooper right behind him, with his blue lights flashing and siren blasting.
“I can get away from him with no problem” thought the man, so he floored the accelerator some more, and flew down the road at over 100 mph.
Then he thought, “what am I doing? I’m too old for this kind of thing”, and pulled over to the side of the road and waited for the State Trooper to catch up with him.
He began to sweat, wondering how much the fine might be, and more importantly, he started to panic in case his license was taken away and he wouldn’t be able to enjoy driving his new acquisition this summer.
The police officer pulled in behind the Mercedes, the officer got out of his car, and walked up to the man.
“Sir”, he said, looking at his watch. “My shift ends in 30 minutes and today is Friday the 13th”. “If you can give me a reason why you were speeding that I have never heard before, I will let you go on your way”.
The man looked back at the State Trooper and said to him, “just last week my wife ran off with a State Patrol officer, and I thought you were bringing her back!”
The State Trooper laughed, and said, “Have a nice day sir!”
I had a similar scenario once, also in Indiana, driving home from work on a road that had a 55mph speed limit but which dropped to 35mph as you approached town. Normally I would have slowed down when the speed limit changed, but that evening my mind must have been elsewhere, until suddenly my radar detector went haywire and I saw the state trooper parked across the road.
Naturally, he took off after me and there was nothing I could do but slow down, pull over to the side of the road and stop, while unplugging the radar detector and stuffing it in the glove box.
I got busted, had to go to court and stand before the judge, who had me see a counselor for two sessions.
Amazingly enough though, I didn’t get a fine or any points on my license. A close shave!
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