Pulled Over in Turners Falls, Cory the Cop Tries for DWI # 102
“Take your hands out of your pockets! Stand back up there, on the curb sir!”
It was a nightmare scene but one in which thankfully, I wasn’t going to regret for years and years. I felt last night great empathy for black men in America, all of whom would be able to relay similar tales of cops yelling at them and treating them like guilty prisoners, despite simply being by the side of road ‘under investigation.’
I did do a u-turn, and yes, I was driving home from the Rendezvous. As the blue lights and the glaring spotlight bore down on me, I opened the door, asking the officer what the problem was. “DO NOT GET OUT OF YOUR VEHICLE,” were his first welcoming words. From there, Cory, a Turners Falls officer, proceeded to grill me and hound me and try to catch me in lies. But I had the upper hand–I had had one beer and was ready to blow into whatever device he put in front of me. He was convinced he was about to add another notch to the “more than 101 DWI arrests in my career,” as he noted proudly.
Despite the sticker that said ’12’ on my rear license plate, the hard-ass patrolman had something else on me–an expired registration for my truck. So despite his insistence on a battery of roadside sobriety tests which he berated me the whole time, he did have me there, and quickly a tow truck was dispatched to take my truck away for a mere $100 fee.
Cory the rookie cop was furious and kept clipping me, “stop talking right now!” and “stand over there,” and his attitude was that of the most zealous and inexperienced patrolman…not realizing as seasoned cops know, that being an asshole isn’t the way to get what you want.
I got my truck back, got a fine, and a lesson. Never ever let you registration lapse and if you drive after more than one beer, well Cory is eager to notch number 102 DWI just as soon as he can.
April 20, 2011 @ 6:13 pm
Ah yes.. the Ralph Rau, Town of Montague money machine. Never mind the illegal alian Mexicans living on 2nd street by the truck load. (wait run the plate, we might make a buck) Never mind the trash dumpings in the back lots or the homeless people sleeping in hallways. Forget the kids breaking into cars and spraypainting trash cans, dumpsters, cars and buildings. Selling drugs in TF.. news to me..
Officer Cory (not listed as an officer BTW.. must be a part timer or a rookie who fills in when the real cops take time off) is on the job harassing motorists and collecting taxes for the state. You dirty SOB Max.. how dare you not pay the state their taxes, their fees.. “up against the wall and shut your mouth punk”.. frisk frisk.. “I bet you have outstanding out of state purchases that you failed to pay sales tax on”. socks check.. pat your junk.. “shut up scum. I’ll tell you when to talk”. But officer, what have i done wrong? “Oh a smart mouth eh!.. we know what to do with smart mouths” .
I’m afraid you now have a file with homeland security Max. Failure to comply with advanced directives and drinking a beer while being late on your payments to the tax man. Turn yourself in and admit your past indescretions and file a belated Form ST-10 or Form ST-11 depending on how you broke the law. And maybe Officer cory will let you stand off the curb. but don’t put your hands in your pockets. We don’t want no killings..